Funeral for Mennonite child killed in truck crash with buggy today

FARMINGTON, Mo. — Funeral services will be held today for the 7-year-old boy killed in a buggy accident near Farmington last Thursday.

Mervin Shirk died after his family’s horse buggy was struck by a pickup truck on Route OO. Four other family members were seriously injured. They were headed to a nearby blueberry farm.

The Mennonite home gardens community market off Old Fredericktown Road will be closed today for the funeral.

So far no charges have been filed against the teenage driver of the pickup. Investigators are looking into whether speed played a factor in the deadly crash.

From KWCH12. Posted on August 15, 2019. Original Article

Young boy was killed by pick up truck on farm, court hears

A three-year-old boy who died last year on his family’s farm was killed by a pick-up truck which had been left in gear, an inquest heard.

Anthony Pritchard-Allen, known as AJ, was killed on his father’s Cambridgeshire farm on 20 April 2018.

The young boy was pronounced dead at approximately 9pm that night while he was in hospital.

A post-mortem examination found that his cause of death was due to blunt traumatic injuries to the head, chest and abdomen.

A court inquest heard on Tuesday (13 August) that while AJ’s mum, Tanya Allen, left the farm for a ‘very brief period’ a Toyota Hilux was being refuled by AJ’s father, Joseph Pritchard.

The court heard from assistant coroner Simon Milburn: “It seems that during this refuelling process the vehicle was left in gear and when the ignition was subsequently turned on the Toyota moved forward, striking AJ who was stood in front of it.”

No-one else was working on the farm at the time, the inquest heard, and PC Simon Burgin, a forensic collision investigator, added that it was ‘not unusual’ for agricultural vehicles to have their handbrakes left off.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identified no breaches to the Mr Pritchard’s farm and no mechanical defects were found.

From KWCH12. Posted on August 15, 2019. Original Article

Recent Leavitt grad dies in Nezinscot Farm accident

TURNER — Roy Varney, one of the state’s top Nordic skiers, died Tuesday from injuries he suffered Monday while operating a piece of farm equipment that fell into a liquid manure pit at Nezinscot Farm.

“It’s with a heavy heart that we must announce that Gloria and Gregg Varney lost their son Roy this morning,” the farm’s Facebook page posted Tuesday afternoon.

“We ask that you be respectful of the family and space and give them time. Roy lived his life to the fullest both at the farm, in skiing and in school. Send prayers and share with all who he has touched,” the post said.

Family members, who otherwise declined to comment, said Varney’s parents were at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston on Tuesday morning with their son.

John Nutting of Leeds said Varney had always been “an enthusiast for every single thing he did,” a popular student who recently graduated from Leavitt Area High School in Turner.

Nutting said everyone in the community was “just hoping and praying” for Varney.

From KWCH12. Posted on Jul 2, 2019. Original Article

Boy, 8, dies when father accidentally runs him over with farming equipment

An 8-year-old boy died late Friday night when his father accidentally ran him over with a piece of farming equipment, authorities said.

The boy’s father was working about 11 p.m. on a farm on Viaduct Road in Dane when he accidentally ran over the child with a skid steer loader, according to the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. The boy suffered head trauma.

The initial 911 call indicated the boy may have been trampled by a cow, but responding crews found this was incorrect.

Paramedics, deputies and the farm owner tried to save the boy, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.

The boy and his father were recent immigrants from Nicaragua and do not have any family in the area. The Dane County District Attorney’s Office is working to help acquire funding to send the boy’s body back to Nicaragua, the sheriff’s office said.

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death accidental.

From KWCH12. Posted on Jul 27, 2019. Original Article

8-year-old dies while swimming in a farm pond

COLBERT, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say an 8-year-old boy has drowned while swimming in a farm pond in southern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the boy from Colbert was swimming Wednesday night with his sister in the pond near Colbert, about 125 miles (201 kilometers) south of Oklahoma City.

The OHP says the boy, whose name was not released, went under water shortly after 6:30 p.m. and did not resurface.

An OHP report says the child was not wearing a personal flotation device.

From KWCH12. Posted on August 8, 2019. Original Article