13/01/2014 14:29 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 18:56 GMT

Boy, Three, Killed In Lift Accident In Galway

The boy was pronounced dead and taken to Galway University Hospital

A three-year-old boy has died after a lift accident.

Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority are investigating how the youngster died after becoming trapped in a gap at the lift floor in a building in Galway city in the Irish Republic.

It is understood the small boy was the only person injured in the accident.

Gardai were called to the scene at the Hynes Building on St Augustine Street in Galway city centre at about 3pm after the child became trapped.

He had been in the building with his siblings and his mother, who is originally from Nigeria but has been living in the city for a few years, when the accident happened.

Gardai, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and building management are to carry out investigations into the cause of the incident.

Investigations centre on whether the boy may have crawled into a gap below the lift floor as it came a stop.

Local gardai, fire crews and ambulance and paramedic staff were called to the scene where the boy was pronounced dead and his body was removed to University Hospital Galway where a post-mortem examination was to be carried out.

The Hynes Building was closed to allow for full investigations with inspectors from the HSA and gardai examining the scene tonight.

It houses a number of offices including some of the city's Department of Social Protection divisions and staff, and is home to the regional RTE office.