By Lara Greenberg. From WHP CBS 21 News. Originally posted: October 23, 2015. Original Article.
Another deadly farm accident has happened in central Pennsylvania.
A child is dead and a family is mourning her loss. This is the latest in a number of deadly farm accidents in less than two weeks in Lancaster County.
It was a tragic accident for one family in Little Britain Township. State police say a little girl was hit and killed in a farming accident around 10:30 this morning.
“This morning there was a three-year-old female who was on a tractor with her father, accidentally fell from the tractor and died as a result of the accident,” Trooper Jerry Sauers said.
This deadly accident is the latest of four farming-related deaths that have happened in Lancaster County in the last ten days. A five-year-old boy was run over by equipment last Tuesday in Sadsbury Township. The next day, 89-year-old Weidler Grube was struck by farm equipment in East Hempfield Township. Just two days ago, 63-year-old Larry Lupoli was pinned between a tree and tractor in Eden Township.
A Penn State Agricultural Extension educator says falling off or being hit by farming equipment is fairly common. She says it doesn’t help that the equipment has a lot of blind spots. She suggests sitting one rider to a seat and investing in equipment that has buzzers to alert a driver when they’re getting too close to something.
But state police say Friday’s accident was freakish.
“I think it’s a problem nationwide. Farming is a dangerous occupation, and accidents happen, sometimes to children, sometimes to adults,” Sauers said.
The little girl’s death has been ruled accidental. Charges are not expected to be filed in this case.