One-Year-Old Baby Crushed By Falling Lamppost Dies

25/02/2010 11:12 | Updated 22 May 2015

A one-year-old boy has died in hospital following a horrific accident when a 40ft metal post toppled onto his pram, slicing it in half.

A 62-year-old woman was also injured, suffering spinal damage when she was trapped under the post. She is not related to the baby, who was being cared for by a man who was unhurt in the accident.

The incident happened near Chiswick Town Hall, in London, and an investigation is underway to discover if nearby roadworks had weakened the base of the lamppost, causing it to fall.

One witness, Nora Correa, described the tragedy. "It was awful. The pram was completely crushed by the impact and the wheels had been sheared off."

"At first he was not breathing, a woman was doing CPR. He was so pale and his eyes were closed. Eventually he started breathing. "

Ms Correa continued "The man was standing beside the little boy shaking, he tried to touch him but a policeman stopped him. The police brought a woman to the scene very quickly. She seemed to be the mother and she was extremely upset."

Scotland Yard have confirmed that a post-mortem examination will be performed on the boy, who has not been named.

In response to suggestions that roadworks were to blame for the accident , a spokeswoman for Hounslow Council confirmed that extensive road improvements were being carried out, although there were no contractors on the scene on Tuesday morning, at the time of the incident.

The spokeswoman went on to describe the infant's death as "an awful tragedy" and added that the council were co-operating with Hounslow CID and the Health and Safety Executive investigations.

The baby was taken by air ambulance to Royal London Hospital, where he died at 0530 Thursday morning.

Sometimes it seems there are roadworks on nearly every major city street. Is enough consideration is given to the safety of pedestrians?

Could this tragedy have been avoided?

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