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Last Updated: Friday, 2 June 2006, 16:50 GMT 17:50 UK
Child killed by collapsing wall
Collapsed wall
The child was crushed underneath the wall
A three-year-old girl died when a wall collapsed on top of her in Merseyside.

The accident happened at an address on Hoylake Road in Bidston, Birkenhead, on Friday afternoon.

The child suffered serious injuries in the accident and was taken by ambulance to Arrowe Park Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police are still at the scene and an investigation into the cause of the accident is under way. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

Police have cordoned off the street in front of the property and parts of surrounding roads while an investigation is carried out.

People were trying to get the little girl out - it was awful
Perrie O'Quigley, neighbour

Officers at the scene are now waiting for a structural engineer to assess the remaining part of the breeze-block wall.

Emergency services were called to reports of the 6ft (1.8m) wall collapsing just before 1400 BST, the ambulance service said.

A member of the public attempted to revive the child before paramedics arrived.

Perrie O'Quigley, who lives near the semi-detached house where the accident happened, said residents had tried to rescue the girl from the rubble.

She said: "I heard a bang and came outside and saw the wall collapsed. People were trying to get the little girl out, it was awful.

"I rang the ambulance and did what I could. Her mother was there as well, she was absolutely hysterical. It's just so sad."

'Tragic accident'

Flowers were laid at the scene on Friday afternoon by relatives and neighbours of the girl.

Merseyside Police said efforts were being made to discover the cause of the collapse, but that it was being treated as an accident.

A spokesman said: "A structural engineer has been called to the scene in order to piece together the cause of the collapse and the surrounding area has been cordoned off as part of the investigation.

"At this early stage in the investigation it appears to be a tragic accident and our thoughts are with the family."

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