Bury tractor death: three-year-old killed in collision on farm in Tottington

An ambulance was flagged down to treat the boy but he sadly died following the incident off Bentley Hall Road.

Detectives in Bury are investigating the ‘heartbreaking’ death of a three-year-old boy following a collision with a tractor on a farm in the Tottington area on Saturday.

Police were called by the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) at 12.45pm, after relatives in a vehicle carrying the injured boy signalled for an ambulance to pull over on Rochdale Old Road..

Sadly the boy was pronounced dead by paramedics before he could be taken to hospital.

What have police said?

Enquiries have established that the boy had suffered his critical injuries following a collision with a tractor.

GMP said the tractor driver, understood to know the boy, is helping them with inquiries.

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A cordon remains at the farm off Bentley Hall Road but a cordon at Rochdale Old Road has been lifted.

Bury CID and the Health and Safety Executive, who probe workplace accidents, are working together on the investigations.

Specialist officers are supporting the family of the boy.

A police car was also involved in a minor collision with another vehicle on Bell Lane while officers attended the initial call from NWAS, GMP said.

Chief Inspector Ian Partington, of GMP’s Bury district, said: “This is a heart-breaking incident that has seen a young boy tragically lose his life and my thoughts go out to his family and loved ones who will be utterly devastated by today’s events.

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“Despite his family flagging down an ambulance while driving him towards hospital quickly as they could, the boy sadly could not be saved after the best efforts of paramedics; I can’t imagine how distressing this was for those involved.

“We are working to ensure that a full investigation is carried out, and the farmland where we understand this incident to have occurred remains cordoned off to allow our investigators and partners from the HSE to conduct thorough enquiries to establish exactly what has occurred here.”