Young girl dies of in­juries af­ter be­ing struck by farm­ing equip­ment

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

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.

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