October 19, 2021

Man killed by farm equipment set in motion by small child

SMITHFIELD, Utah (AP) — A Utah man was killed when he was crushed by a piece of farm vehicle a small child accidentally set in motion.

Two men were working underneath the farm equipment on property just north of Smithfield shortly before 5 p.m. Sept. 9, according to the Cache County Sheriff’s Office. The engine was running, but the parking brake had been engaged, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

One of the men left his child in the cab of the farm equipment. When the 3-year-old stepped down, the child inadvertently stepped on foot pedal, causing the vehicle to lurch forward. The victim, a 35-year-old man from Newton, was instantly crushed to death.

The name of the victim has not been released.