Westminster boy, 7, critically injured by tractor CARROLL COUNTY FARMS AND BUSINESS

September 30, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

A 7-year-old Westminster boy was in critical but stable condition at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Center last night after a farm accident Tuesday evening.

Gavin Jennings of the 2300 block of Carrollton Road in Westminster was helping his father James, 32, complete the farm chores about 7:30 p.m. when he became pinned between a Massey-Ferguson tractor and a hay wagon.

"He went around to unhook the wagon from the tractor," said Tfc. Gary Lang of the Maryland State Police in Westminster. "The father said he jumped off the tractor and didn't realize it was still in gear.

"The tractor jumped back and pinned the child between the tractor and the wagon."

Gavin, who sustained head injuries, was flown by state police helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

"The child was awake and conscious at the scene," said Trooper Lang. "He knew a lot of information, like his name, the date, where he lived."

Such accidents often can be prevented by keeping children away from farm equipment, said extension agency specialist Dr. Lee Grant.

"Even though children are at an age where they can help, it's too risky to let them get near the equipment," he said. "Generally, it's the unpredictability of the children. They don't have the mental preparation to foresee what can happen."

Dr. Grant said people should never stand between a tractor and its equipment if there is a chance the tractor could start moving.

Trooper Lang said he believed the incident was the first serious farm accident this year in Carroll County. No charges have been filed, he said.

"There was no criminal intent. It was just an accident," he said.

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