Boy, 3, dies after being hit by tractor in ‘heartbreaking’ incident

A three-year-old boy has died after being hit by a tractor on a farm in Bury. Detectives have launched an investigation following the 'heartbreaking' incident this afternoon. The boy's family flagged down an ambulance which they spotted as they were driving him to hospital at around 12.45pm.

He was pronounced dead by paramedics before he could be taken for treatment. Greater Manchester Police said the collision happened on farmland off Bentley Hall Road. Police were alerted by the ambulance service, after paramedics had been flagged down on Rochdale Old Road by the boy's family.

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Officers remain at the farm, and are working with the Health and Safety Executive as part of the probe. A scene was in place on Rochdale Old Road to allow for initial enquiries to take place. The cordon has now been lifted.

Police erected a cordon on Rochdale Road after paramedics were alerted to the boy's condition. A Greater Manchester Police car was also in collision with another vehicle as officers drove to the scene, as part of the emergency services response. A number of people in the car were taken to hospital as a precaution, but no police officers were injured, GMP said.

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