Girl, 5, killed after being struck by a starting gate during a harness race

A 5-year-old southern Illinois girl has died after a starting gate being hauled by a car prior to a harness race struck her while she was sitting in the grandstand at a county fair, authorities said.

EFFINGHAM (Ill.) — Authorities said that a 5-year-old girl from southern Illinois died when a starting barrier being pulled by a car before a harness race hit her as she sat in the grandstand of a county fair.

The St. Louis City Medical Examiner’s Office announced that Harper Finn, a resident of Altamont died at St. Louis Children’s Hospital on Wednesday night.

She was injured Sunday afternoon at the Effingham County Fair.

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office reported that the girl was hit by the folding arm attached to a starting gate on a car which failed to shut when it extended onto the grandstand.

She was airlifted from a local hospital to a hospital in St. Louis.

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