Two-year old remains in hospital following farm accident

A two-year-old girl is in hospital after police say she was run over by a piece of equipment on a Perth East farm Tuesday evening.

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A two-year-old girl remains hospital with life-threatening injuries after she was run over by a piece of farm equipment Tuesday evening, Perth County OPP say.

Const. Barry Cookson, the media relations officer for Perth County OPP, said the girl was playing on the farm when she was struck by a telehandler, otherwise known as a forklift or boom lift used to move hay bales.

“From what I’ve been told from the investigation is the operator got in the telehandler and went to drive ahead, and the little girl ran in front. The operator did not see her and she got run over,” Cookson said.

Police, Perth County paramedics and Perth East firefighters were called to the accident at the rural property east of Milverton at about 5 p.m. The toddler was rushed to a London hospital to be treated for her injuries.

Cookson said police have not received any updates on the girl’s condition in hospital and are not releasing the names of anyone involved.

Police are reminding residents that on-farm dangers need to be recognized and avoided to keep children safe. Before operating a piece of equipment, take the time to take stock of any hazards or bystanders, and always encourage children to play in a safe area, Cookson said in a press release.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident but have not yet laid any charges.