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Girl, 5, who died at Cornwall steam rally named as Tayla Saunders from Honiton

By Jo_Wood  |  Posted: September 10, 2012

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A girl who died at a Cornwall steam rally on the weekend has been named as Tayla Saunders, aged 5, from Honiton.

Tayla was tragically killed on Saturday when a slow-moving vehicle reversed over her at a Westcountry steam rally.

She was with her foster parents at Lanlivery Vintage Rally, Steam Fair and Country Fair, near Lostwithiel.

She was airlifted to Derriford hospital in Plymouth after the accident where doctors fought to save her life.

The decision was taken for the steam rally to continue, with the blessing of her foster parents.

Show secretary Diane Williams said yesterday: "It was a tragic accident and the family wish us to continue."

Patricia Barrett, wife of show chairman Ivan Barrett, was at the show ground on Saturday. "It was an accident. Nothing could have been done any differently to stop it," she said.

"It's one of those things that you don't ever expect to happen. It was tragic for everyone concerned. They were all absolutely devastated."

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  • kingofkernow  |  September 12 2012, 9:52PM

    Jeremy Badger, how on earth are my comments stupid ? A little girl died !! If I was there I would of watched the driver back, why didn't anyone else !

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  • CharlieDodd  |  September 12 2012, 6:51PM

    If she ran into his path (like toddlers do), he'd have had no chance to stop in time

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  • JeremyBadger  |  September 12 2012, 6:34PM

    You were there then kingof kernow? If you were not there then what right have you got to make stupid statements like that? Wait until the inquest, like all reasonable people, then people will know the truth, until then SHUT IT!

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  • jimjamjonny  |  September 12 2012, 4:22PM

    What about the girls real parents?

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  • Grinder  |  September 11 2012, 5:44PM

    Me and my family go to this show and others to show off our vintage machines and i can tell you that great care is taken to prevent any kind of danger or harm to the public. We are all gutted and deeply sad that this has happened and our heart felt sympathy goes to Tayla's family. R.I.P Tayla .

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  • kingofkernow  |  September 10 2012, 9:37PM

    Quote "Patricia Barrett, wife of show chairman Ivan Barrett, was at the show ground on Saturday. "It was an accident. Nothing could have been done any differently to stop it," she said." Try reversing a vehicle on a building site without a banksman and wait for the Foreman to tell you in no uncertain terms the error of your ways. Surely commonsense would of made the driver ask someone to watch them back up ! It was an avoidable death and procedures must change for all similar events.

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  • CharlieDodd  |  September 10 2012, 8:09PM

    Quote- "It was an accident. Nothing could have been done any differently to stop it" Wonder if the inquest coroner will share that view?

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