Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. #1
    Silver Member JD3520's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    122
    Location
    TEXAS
    Tractor
    JD 3520

    Default Child Ran Over by a Tractor Driven by a Child

    This is very sad! I work for a sheriff's department and today we had a call we all need to be concerned about. It was a beautiful holiday in Texas so everyone was outside and/or visiting with friends. Got a call about noon of a vehicle speeding down the road. It ended up at the emergency room. According to the driver/mother, she and her 8 year old son live in the city and were visiting friends out in the country. There were several boys riding on a tractor (equipped with a back hoe). A 14 year old was driving. The 8 year old ran to jump on the moving tractor. The tractor was wet/damp from a small rain and the 8 year old slipped while trying to pull himself onto the tractor. He fell under the rear wheel. No they weren't in soft ground. He now has back and arm injuries but apparently no internal organ injuries.

    As adult owners of tractors it is our responsibility to make them safe around others; especially around others that do not know the dangers a tractor brings.

    Chuck

  2. #2
    Bronze Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    62
    Location
    owen sound ontario
    Tractor
    IH 1086, JD 3130, universal 530U

    Default Re: Child Ran Over by a Tractor Driven by a Child

    that is sad [img]/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] [img]/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]my dad has always stressed to me to be safe on them thankfully and wisely i listen

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    31
    Location
    Dallas, Tex

    Default Re: Child Ran Over by a Tractor Driven by a Child

    This is awful. YEah, when I was knee high my grandfather had a farm. HE actually had it long before ad long after. He had since I was a youth a farmall B and a ford 3000. The ford came later, but the B had always been tehre. Grandad to this day, im 26 lol, is afraid to let me drive the ford. Now of course I work in construction and Ive operaterated much larger pieces of quipement, but the good will is there. To him, farm tractors are no toys. They are not for children and they are very dangerous. I started driving the B when I was very young. There were dangers to it, but my dad thought it was good to teach the boy young. I managed to survive. Learned some good lessons on that B and the ford, well its a powerhouse as far as IM concerned. ID admit a good seabee dozer puts it to shame. But IVe watched that old 3000 pull two trucks and a fullsize TT out of the mud. Just lock the axle and away you you. lol. Still, they all scare me. I use them when I need to. But I got into welding cause I skeeered of gettin tore up on a tractor implement. Be careful y'all and teach your kids....they dont know no better

  4. #4
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Posts
    1,054
    Location
    Minnesota
    Tractor
    JD 4100 HST

    Default Re: Child Ran Over by a Tractor Driven by a Child

    Kids learn to keep themselves safe because they have a natural aversion to getting hurt. Trusting kids to keep other kids safe is asking them to be too mature for their age. Heck, in my opinion even many so-called Adults are not mature enough to be trusted with kids.

    Also, one of the things I learned working at Toro was that frequently injuries to children with power equipment occured when they were "playing" with the machine, not actually using it. Even adult-supervised joy rides on a tractor / mower are bad because the child learns to think of the machine as a toy, not a tool. Later, unsupervised, they may try to play with the "toy" again on their own and get hurt.

    - Rick

  5. #5
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Posts
    2,221
    Location
    SE Wa

    Default Re: Child Ran Over by a Tractor Driven by a Child

    I handled a call like that once - don't ever want to do it again. Perfectly safe one would think. Dad and very young son go down to isolated barn for chores using big tractor with cab for transport and use while there. On way back dad hits a bump, son disappears and door is swinging open. Rear wheel ran over and killed him. Dad made the report, never, ever want to hear that again.

    Harry K

  6. #6
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    313
    Location
    Newberg, Oregon
    Tractor
    Kubota 3830 HST

    Default Re: Child Ran Over by a Tractor Driven by a Child

    Having a son, I can think of nothing worse in life than anything ever happening to him, scares me to death, it could only be worse if caused by me.... I don't think I could live with myself...

  7. #7
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    581
    Location
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Tractor
    1998 JD 770 & 2004 Toro LX417

    Default Re: Child Ran Over by a Tractor Driven by a Child

    Where were the parents while this was going on? I don't necessarily have a problem with a 14year old operating a tractor, but he never should have allowed anyone to ride with him. The parents of both the 14 year old and the 8 year old are at least as much to blame as the 8 year old that tried to get onto a moving tractor or the 14 year old that didn't keep an eye out for kids.

    It is sad, but it was also avoidable and preventable.

  8. #8
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    393
    Location
    South Central TEXAS
    Tractor
    Main: Case 235

    Default Re: Child Ran Over by a Tractor Driven by a Child

    Not necessarily where were the parents, what were they thinking? We had a terrible incident locally, last week. A 9 yr old girl died while riding a 4-wheeler. Don't know any details, other than- she was 9 years old! Isn't that too young to be out on one of these machines?

  9. #9
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    2,427
    Location
    Central Ma.
    Tractor
    7275 Cub Cadet

    Default Re: Child Ran Over by a Tractor Driven by a Child

    What a shame. I blame the parents for this mishap. I hope they learned something from this.

    As for a 9 year old on an ATV. The small ATV's are pretty slow. My friend has one for his 9 year old son. I think it goes a whopping 10-15 mph wide open.

  10. #10
    Platinum Member Syncro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    506
    Location
    NW Nevada
    Tractor
    MF 1240, JD 210C TLB

    Default Re: Child Ran Over by a Tractor Driven by a Child

    This is indeed a real sad story, and I sure feel for all the parties involved. But I rather think the blame, if it can be called that, lies with teaching kids responsibility and not simply the act of driving a tractor, or for that matter anything else. 14 years old is hardly a 'child' in my book, he should have been aware of dangerous situations and taught to be responsible for his actions. The fact is that anyone, regardless of age, using a backhoe for joy rides is acting irresposible. Regardless, still a tragedy.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2013 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.