4-year-old boy hits own mother with tractor at Norfolk farming event

A woman was injured by a vintage tractor after her four-year-old son accidentally started the machine at a farming charity event.

The accident happened at the Meet the Farmer event at Wroxham Barns, near Hoveton, in Norfolk last Saturday, 18th May. 

Cars were also hit in the incident, the organisers confirmed. 

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Keys removed from vehicle 

According to the BBC News, Wroxham Barns and Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club, who organised the event, said it remained “unknown” how the boy was able to start the tractor as the keys had been “removed from the vehicle”. 

One ambulance and an ambulance officer vehicle were sent to the scene. The woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 

A joint statement from the organisers said: “The family were looked after by the event organisers until help arrived. 

“A thorough risk assessment had been made in advance of the event, and additional further precautions were taken for the following day, including disconnecting all batteries on all tractors. 

“Wroxham Barns and Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club take health and safety very seriously, and how the child was able to start the vehicle remains unknown.” 

The event featured farming displays, vintage machinery and strawberry picking. 

It was held to raise money for Norfolk and Norwich SEND Association (Nansa) and the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA). 

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