Three-year-old boy killed in collision with tractor

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A three-year-old boy has died in a collision with a tractor at a farm in Bury.

Police said they were called to the Tottington area at around 12.45pm after the boy's family flagged a passing ambulance to stop while trying to drive him to hospital.

The boy was pronounced dead by paramedics before he could be taken there.

He had suffered critical injuries in the collision on farmland off Bentley Hall Road.

Chief Inspector Ian Partington, of Greater Manchester Police, described it as a "heartbreaking incident".

The driver of the tractor is assisting officers with their enquiries, along with the Health and Safety Executive.

The boy's family are being supported.

Chief Inspector Partington said: "This is a heartbreaking incident that has seen a young boy tragically lose his life and my thoughts go out to his family and loved ones who will be utterly devastated by today's events.

"Despite his family flagging down an ambulance while driving him towards hospital quickly as they could, the boy sadly could not be saved after the best efforts of paramedics; I can't imagine how distressing this was for those involved.

"We are working to ensure that a full investigation is carried out, and the farmland where we understand this incident to have occurred remains cordoned off to allow our investigators and partners from the HSE to conduct thorough enquiries to establish exactly what has occurred here."

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