Girl's Cornwall steam fair death a 'freak accident'

Diane Williams, secretary of the show
Image caption Diane Williams said the death of the girl was "devastating"

The organiser of the steam fair where a five-year-old girl died has described the death as "devastating" and a "freak accident".

Tayla Saunders, from Honiton, Devon, died after being hit by a slow-moving vehicle at the Lanlivery Steam Fair in Cornwall.

She was at the fair with her foster family when she was injured at 11:40 BST on Saturday.

She was treated by paramedics and flown to Derriford Hospital where she died.

Diane Williams, secretary of the show which was held near Lostwithiel, said: "It's just devastating, all of it. It was just a freak accident.

"We have everything in place for safety. The driver was doing everything correctly."

Devon and Cornwall Police said an investigation is being carried out and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

'Dreadful tragedy'

Sally Vincent, from Lanlivery Parish Council, said: "The whole parish is just stunned."

The family from Honiton, who had been running a stall at the event, agreed to the event continuing on Sunday as it was raising funds for the Cornwall Air Ambulance and Fleet, a charity which supplies emergency equipment.

A special service in the girl's memory was led by local vicar Philip James Conway on Sunday.

He said: "The family have been most gracious. They have been hit by the most dreadful tragedy.

"Their attitude to all those involved in this tragedy is one that is to be utterly commended."

Devon County Council said: "This has been the most tragic accident.

"We are supporting the foster parents in every way we can and we will be helping the police with their investigation."

Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact police.

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