Tragedy as Irish teenager, 18, dies after severing artery in freak vodka bottle accident
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Tragedy as Irish teenager, 18, dies after severing artery in freak vodka bottle accident

AN Irish teenager has died after falling on a glass bottle she was carrying in Tallaght, Dublin.

Megan O'Connor, 18, passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning after suffering a fatal laceration to her groin in the accident.

The tragic youngster, originally from the Glenshane estate in Tallaght, had been socialising with friends on Saturday night in the Dublin 12 area.

It is understood she was carrying a bottle of vodka in her waistband along Sundrive Road when she fell shortly before 1am.

The bottle broke and she suffered serious injuries, including a severed artery, and was bleeding heavily from her wounds.

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Emergency services were called to the scene and Megan was rushed to St. James's Hospital.

However, she was pronounced dead shortly after 1am by paramedics.

Gardaí are investigating all of the circumstances surrounding the sudden death but are treating it as a tragic accident.

A post-mortem examination is expected to be completed which will confirm the exact cause of death.

The scene at Sundrive Road was cordoned off on Sunday to allow for an examination of the area to be carried out.

Tributes

Meanwhile, touching tributes are pouring in online for the tragic schoolgirl.

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"I really can't believe I'm writing this two days before Christmas," wrote one friend on Facebook.

"Megan, you were literally the funniest, kind-hearted person. You were one of a kind... another young life taken away way too soon."

Another pal of the 18-year-old wrote that "God has gained another angel".

A third added: "To say I'm heartbroken is an understatement. I really cannot believe this.. It's the worst news to ever wake up to."