THERE was a lucky escape for a young child on Sunday, when he fell from an escalator in the Marshes shopping centre. The young boy got into trouble at around 2.30pm in the Penney’s department store, when he was playing on the upward moving escalator.
The boy fell approximately three metres. Shoppers and his concerned mother rushed to his aid after the incident.
The emergency services were called to the scene where they treated the boy. The Democrat was told that the emergency services brought the boy to the Our Lady of Lourdes, though his condition was described as non-life threatening.
Speaking to the Democrat Manager of the Marshes Shopping Centre, Harry Traynor, said: “I wasn’t there and I can’t comment about what happened,.
“I’m pleased to say that the child is fine. From what I understand the young man involved is alright, if a little shocked, and he was only kept in overnight in hospital as a precautionary measure.”
He added: “The main thing is that he is fine.”
The Democrat contacted Penney’s but was redirected to the press department in Dublin, who did not respond to the paper before going to print.
A Garda spokesperson confirmed to the Dundalk Demcorat that the incident had taken place. The spokesman said that a unit were on patrol at the time of incident and came across the scene. They ensured that public order was maintained into such time that the ambulance service arrived and took the child to hospital.