A 3-year-old boy was killed after he was run over by a skid loader early Tuesday afternoon at a Brecknock Township farm, officials said.
The boy’s father was operating the skid loader and didn’t see the child when he backed over him, according to Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni, who said the child died immediately.
The incident happened around 12:30 p.m. at a farm in the 1200 block of Muddy Creek Road, reported state police, who are continuing an investigation.
The child is the third person to die as the result of a farm-related accident in the county since May, and the second within a week.
Man run over by horse-drawn wagon
Samuel Beiler, 38, died Thursday when he was run over by a horse-drawn wagon on his Sadsbury Township farm.
He and family members were gathering pumpkins into the wagon when the horses got spooked.
Beiler tried to jump on the wagon to control them but fell and was run over.
He died of a traumatic head injury.
The death was ruled accidental.
4-year-old dies in feed mixer
Four-year-old Omar Beiler was killed in May after his father, Alvin F. Beiler, operated a feed mixer the boy was in, according to police.
Alvin Beiler was charged in August with showing “gross negligence and recklessness,” according to the Lancaster District Attorney’s Office.
State police charged him with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children.
“Beiler told police he ‘lost track of his son’ and thought, ‘Where did he get to?’ but still turned on the mixer, never investigating where the boy was,” the district attorney's office said in an August news release.
Beiler waived his preliminary hearing Monday. Waiving a preliminary hearing typically means a defendant doesn’t admit guilt but concedes there is enough evidence to support charges.