Boy, 3, dies after being hit by tractor as police launch probe

Boy, 3, dies after being hit by tractor on farm as police launch investigation

  • The collision took place on a farm in Tottington, Bury, this afternoon
  • Officers attended and the boy was tragically pronounced dead by paramedics
  • Cordons at the scene have now been lifted and the driver is assisting police 

A three-year-old boy has died after a collision with a tractor on a farm in the Tottington area of Bury.

Greater Manchester Police were called by North West Ambulance Service shortly before 12.45pm today (Saturday 16 July) after an ambulance had been signalled to stop by a vehicle carrying a seriously injured child on Rochdale Old Road.

Officers attended and the boy was tragically pronounced dead by paramedics before he could be taken to hospital.

Enquiries quickly established that the boy had suffered his critical injuries following a collision with a tractor on farmland off Bentley Hall Road.

A car carrying the young boy managed to flag down paramedics on Rochdale Old Road, Bury (pictured), but he was sadly pronounced death before being taken to hospital

Police were called after a car with the boy inside flagged down an ambulance on Rochdale Old Road

The three-year-old was involved in a collision with a tractor on farmland off Bentley Hall Road (Stock image)

The driver of the tractor is assisting police with enquiries and a scene remains in place at the farm while investigators from Bury CID work to establish the circumstances of the incident  alongside colleagues from the Health and Safety Executive.

A scene was in place on Rochdale Old Road to allow for initial enquiries to take place. The cordon has now been lifted.

Specialist officers are supporting the family of the boy, and Greater Manchester Police ask that the family’s privacy is respected at this devastating time.

Chief Inspector Ian Partington, of GMP’s Bury district, said: ‘This is a heart-breaking incident that has seen a young boy tragically lose his life and my thoughts go out to his family and loved ones who will be utterly devastated by today’s events.

‘Despite his family flagging down an ambulance while driving him towards hospital quickly as they could, the boy sadly could not be saved after the best efforts of paramedics; I can’t imagine how distressing this was for those involved.

‘We are working to ensure that a full investigation is carried out, and the farmland where we understand this incident to have occurred remains cordoned off to allow our investigators and partners from the HSE to conduct thorough enquiries to establish exactly what has occurred here.’

Strangers on social media have flooded to send well-wishing messages to the boy’s family, describing the collision as ‘tragic’, ‘awful’ and ‘heartbreaking’. 

To add to the tragedy, there are reports of a second, unrelated collision on Rochdale Old Road at the time that they boy’s family made paramedics aware of the boy’s condition. 

A Greater Manchester Police car was also in collision with another vehicle as officers drove to the scene, as part of the emergency services response..

A number of people in the car were taken to hospital as a precaution, but no police officers were injured, GMP said.

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