Toddler’s death on Norfolk farm appears to be ‘tragic accident’, says detective

PUBLISHED: 17:15 23 November 2012

Wash Farm in Kenninghall where a toddler died in an accident. Photograph Simon Parker

Wash Farm in Kenninghall where a toddler died in an accident. Photograph Simon Parker


A detective today said a collision that killed a toddler on a Norfolk farm appeared to be a “tragic accident”.

Emergency services were called to a farm off Fersfield Road, Kenninghall, on Thursday afternoon following a report that a child had been hit by a pick-up truck.

An investigation was launched after the boy died at the scene following the collision involving a silver Nissan truck just after 4pm.

Norfolk Police today confirmed that the toddler was nearly two-years-old, but have released have no further information.

The coroner has been informed and roads policing officers are working with the Health and Safety Executive to determine the circumstances surrounding the collision.

Detective Inspector Andy Coller, said: “Our investigations are continuing with officers working closely with the Health and Safety Executive, however, at this time all indications are that this appears to have been a tragic accident.

“We have a specialist officer lending support to the family at this very difficult time and this will continue.”

Officers have spoken to the driver, but no arrests have been made.

Steve Gordon, chairman of Kenninghall Parish Council, said villagers’ thoughts and prayers went out to the family.

“We are deeply shocked and the family have been there for decades and it is very sad for the whole family.

“We are a very close-knit community and everyone knows each other and they have been part of the community for decades.”

“It is one of those horrid, unexplained things that happen sometimes and it is also a very sad day for the person involved in the accident. The news is spreading through the community and people are sending their best wishes,” he said.

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) were alerted to the farm in Kenninghall at 4.04pm.

EEAST spokesman Gary Sanderson said: “First and foremost our thoughts are with the family at this tragic time.”

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said they were liaising with the police over the incident.

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