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Girl (7) crushed to death by car in Co Louth horror

By Allison Bray and Elaine Keogh

A Girl aged seven has died after a car accidentally rolled back and pinned her against a garden gate in Co Louth.

The tragedy unfolded yesterday afternoon in Drogheda as a group of children were playing in the vehicle.

It is understood that a number of children were playing close to the car, which was parked in the driveway of a house at Boyle O'Reilly Terrace, when it suddenly rolled back, crushing the schoolgirl.

Horrified relatives rushed the injured child inside the house.

An ambulance arrived from nearby Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and she was brought to the emergency department.

However, despite the best efforts of medical staff she was later pronounced dead.

Gardai confirmed they are treating the death as a "tragic accident" and their investigations are continuing.

It is understood the child is not from the area and had been staying with relatives. The family had just recently moved into the rented house and were not known by local residents.

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