Cookstown St Patrick’s Day: three teenagers die after ‘crush’ at hotel party

Cookstown St Patrick’s Day: three teenagers die after ‘crush’ at hotel party

Cookstown St Patrick’s Day: three teenagers die after ‘crush’ at hotel party

A 17 year old girl, and two boys aged 16 and 17 have died following a suspected crush at a St Patrick's Night disco in Co.

A small number of people also suffered injuries as a result of the incident, police said.

Mr Ruddell said one of those who died was declared dead at the scene, with the other two transported to hospital in critical condition.

"Our preliminary investigations show that there was a crush toward the front door of this hotel, and in that crush, people seem to have fallen, said Mark Hamilton, an assistant chief constable with the Police Serice of Northern Ireland (PSNI)".

One young person died at the scene and two died in hospital this morning, following the incident which unfolded at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) confirmed they had responded to reports of a number of people having sustained serious injuries. Many young people were at the party on Sunday night.

"The St. Patrick's event is now over and I would appeal to parents to make contact with their children and collect them immediately", Chief Inspector Graham Dodds said, according to the police service's tweet.

In a short statement, hotel owner Michael McElhatton said management and staff were assisting the police with their investigation.

St Patrick's Day tragedy: Three teens killed in 'suspected crush' at disco, number of others injured
Two dead in St Patrick’s Day horror in Cookstown Northern Ireland

Five emergency crews attended the scene and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) issued a message to parents to collect their children from the venue.

It happened at around 21:30 last night.

The Drum Road in Cookstown was closed off in the wake of the incident to facilitate the emergency response.

"It is heartbreaking that an event which should have been fun for these youngsters on St. Patrick's night should end in such a awful tragedy", Hamilton said.

In an effort to understand what happened, Hamilton and the Northern Ireland police are interviewing those who are present and are asking those with footage of the incident to share it with them directly.

"I want to thank the police, ambulance and fire services for all that they did last night in responding to this incident".

Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O'Neill called it a "parent's worst nightmare".

"There will be a prayer service this evening at the Des Fox Pavilion at 6pm, and professional counselling available until 9pm", it adds.

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