Tod­dler dies on dairy farm

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The fam­ily of a much-loved ‘‘happy, golucky’’ young Vic­to­rian boy are in mourn­ing af­ter a fer­tiliser spreader col­lapsed on him at their dairy farm near War­rnam­bool.

Darcy Mem­brey, 2, was with his fa­ther in a ma­chin­ery shed on the prop­erty when the im­ple­ment top­pled onto him on Wed­nes­day last week. Help came but he couldn’t be saved.

‘‘He is just a happy, go-lucky two-yearold that loved be­ing around the farm,’’ his grand­fa­ther Bruce Mem­brey said hours af­ter the lit­tle boy’s death.

‘‘He was at the farm ev­ery day of his life. He liked ma­chin­ery, fix­ing things. A real lit­tle coun­try kid.’’

The spreader was be­ing re­moved from a trac­tor when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred, Worksafe Vic­to­ria said.

Darcy’s fa­ther ran to his son and yelled for help, Mr Mem­brey said.

The men were among four peo­ple who dug the child out from un­der the spreader be­fore the road and air am­bu­lance ar­rived but paramedics could not re­vive him.

De­spite ear­lier po­lice re­ports, Mr Mem­brey said no-one had been driv­ing a ve­hi­cle with the spreader at­tached when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened.

The fam­ily spent last Wed­nes­day night to­gether, try­ing to come to grips with their loss and ex­plain­ing to Darcy’s cousins aged four to 12 why he wasn’t com­ing home.

‘‘When you have lit­tle kids you only get one chance,’’ Mr Mem­brey said.

‘‘We were just say­ing the other day we’ve gone through life with­out a tragedy and then it was just a split sec­ond.

‘‘We are a very close fam­ily (but) it won’t be easy.’’

Sergeant Matthew Lax­ton said the tragedy ap­peared ‘‘to be a le­git­i­mately ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dent’’.

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