Freak accident at Wings Fest leaves two hospitalized

A freak accident at Bray Promenade has left a father-of-one with serious injuries. Frank Craig (33) was visiting the Wings Food Fest on Sunday afternoon when a large sign, toppled by a gust of wind, landed on him and his young nephew.

The young boy received minor injuries and was later discharged from Tallaght Hospital. However, Mr Craig sustained a broken breast bone, two broken collar bones, a broken bone in his neck, 29 staples in the back of his head, and extensive damage to his right wrist, hand and fingers and will remain in St Vincent's University Hospital (SVUH) for further treatment.

Discussing the extent of his son's injuries and the lengthy road to recovery he now faces, Mr Craig's father, Thomas, told the Irish Independent: 'Apparently they had only arrived at the festival and taken a photograph of the sign and were walking away when it blew over. Frank was pinned to the ground by it, and I'm told it took a lot of people to lift it off him.'

The incident occurred at approximately 4 p.m. at which point Gardaí at the scene moved the sign away from the injured parties and provided first-aid assistance while they waited for paramedics to arrive. Having received lengthy treatment on-site, Mr Craig was brought to SVUH to be assessed.

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Jacob Worek