Young girl dies of injuries after being struck by farming equipment
CLEMENTSVALE, N.S. — RCMP say a seven-year-old girl has died of injuries she suffered when her leg was severed by a farm tractor that struck her as she played in a hay field in rural Nova Scotia.
Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said in a release Thursday night that the girl succumbed to her injuries earlier in the evening. RCMP Sgt. Terry Miller said the child was alone in the field that was being mowed when the accident happened at around 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Clementsvale area. Miller said the tractor operator was aware of the presence of the child and was planning to stop the machinery when he came around. But Miller said when the operator turned around and stopped the tractor, he couldn’t see the child anywhere and thought she had returned to the house. Instead, he said, it appears the young girl hid in the deep, metre-high grass. “The operator had mowed over an area and as he was coming back he was travelling in the swath he had just mowed,” Miller said. “The mower was off to the side and he saw a child laying directly in front of him.