FS toddler dies in tractor freak accident

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Duane Petrus – A two-year-old boy died in a freak accident on a farm in Ficksburg this morning, after he fell off a tractor and bumped his head.

Free State police spokesperson, Phumelelo Dlhamini, says the Hlompo Maoba sat on the back of a moving tractor, together with his mother, Palesa, and other farmworkers, while they were gathering cattle.

He says the tractor came to a stop and all the employees alighted from it, leaving Hlompho alone on top of the tractor.

Dlhamini says the baby tried to get off the tractor by himself, but fell off and hit his head against an iron that connects it to a trailer.

Er24 spokesperson, Pieter Rossouw, says the baby was dead already dead when they arrived on the scene.