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Tragedy for family as bin lorry kills toddler (3)

A LITTLE boy who was killed when struck by a bin lorry outside his home may have run out after a football.

Patrick McDonagh (3) had been playing with his twin sister Megan outside the family home in a quiet cul de sac near Letterkenny, Co Donegal when he was hit by the truck.

It is believed young Patrick may have run out on after a football in to the path of the reversing lorry.

Relatives were today comforting his grieving parents Shirley and Patrick.

The horrific accident happened in the Ballymacool estate on the outskirts of Letterkenny at about 11.30am yesterday.

The child suffered head injuries and a public health nurse at the scene alerted emergency services as she tried to save him. His distraught mother also attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Patrick was rushed to letterkenny General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver of the lorry was said to be traumatised and was treated at the scene.

The McDonagh family, who are members of the Travelling community, were deeply shocked by the loss of their only son and funeral arrangements are being made.

They previously lived in England and had only moved to Letterkenny about a year ago.

One woman explained that the lorry driver would usually reverse through the section of the estate where the accident happened. Another man walked behind and they always went slowly because "children are always out playing", she said.

Another mother, who lives nearby, saw the bin lorry reversing up the road and heard the screams moments later.

"I saw a lady carrying him and putting him down on the road", the witness said. "She was crying and screaming and giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.