Posted: 28 November, 2016 by AAP

3-Year-Old Tragically Dies After Being Crushed By Monument

A three-year-old Sydney girl has died after being crushed by a stone war memorial on the NSW mid-north coast.

The girl, who was on a family holiday from Sydney, was playing with a group of children at the Black Head Bowling Club at Hallidays Point when another child climbed onto the rectangular stone monument.

The cenotaph toppled backwards crushing the three-year-old.

Emergency services were called to the club just before 7:30pm on Saturday and the girl was taken to Manning Base Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

A report will be prepared for the coroner and look into why the memorial, which is believed to be engraved with the words “Lest We Forget” toppled over.

“We can’t speculate as to why it fell over… it appears weight was an influencing factor,” NSW Police Superintendent Peter Thurtell told the ABC on Monday.

The girl, from Airds in Sydney’s southwest, was on a family holiday, he added.

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