A little girl has been crushed to death by a tyre in a horror workplace accident in western Queensland.

Lily Dorough was playing outside her dad’s tyre workshop in Roma on Tuesday afternoon when a tyre fell on her about 5.45pm.

The seven-year-old died in hospital hours later, leaving the town in shock over the freak incident.

It’s understood Lily’s dad rushed her to hospital for treatment.

Her mum told The Chronicle it was a horrible thing that should never have happened to a child.

“No parent should have to go through something like this, and you never think it could happen to your child,” she said.

“She was just Lily — the most beautiful, outgoing child. She was my little baby and she was very, very much loved.”

Lily was in Year 2 at Roma State College.

People in Roma have started rallying around the devastated family.

A friend close to the family said “the whole town is feeling” the death of Lily.

“I hope that beautiful child rests in peace, she will be so missed,” the friend said.

Another wrote: “RIP little princess”.

Workplace Health and Safety investigators have travelled to Roma and continue to investigate the incident.

They will prepare a report for the coroner.