Toddler, 2, dies after being crushed under gate in freak accident

Cork University Hospital
Cork University Hospital

A TWO year-old child has died after a gate fell on him in a freak accident.

The accident, which occurred shortly before 12 noon, saw the two year old child suffer serious injuries.

The accident is understood to have occurred in the Goleen area.

A local GP raced to the scene and worked with Health Service Executive (HSE) paramedics to stabilise the toddler's condition.

However, such were the nature of the injuries that a decision was made to request an air-transfer to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

The Irish Coastguard worked with gardai and HSE officials to co-ordinate the transfer.

The toddler was transferred by helicopter to CUH with what was described as critical injuries and died a short time later.

The child's distraught parents were also brought to CUH.

No details are known, as yet, as to the circumstances of the incident.

However, gardai have described it as a freak farm accident.