Toddler killed in tragic farm accident in Victoria

Just heartbreaking

January 02 2019

A young boy has tragically died after an accident on his family's farm in rural Victoria.

Two-year-old Darcy Membrey was in the machinery shed with his father when a fertiliser spreader toppled onto him on Wednesday in Naringal, near Warrnambool, according to Nine News.

"He is just a happy, go-lucky two-year-old that loved being around the farm," his grandfather Bruce Membrey said just hours after the little boy's death.

"He was at the farm every day of his life. He liked machinery, fixing things. A real little country kid."

A spreader attachment was being removed from the tractor when the accident occurred, according to a statement from Worksafe Victoria.

Darcy's father ran over to his son and yelled for help, Mr Membrey said.

Four people dug the toddler out from under the spreader before emergency services arrived but sadly Darcy couldn't be saved.

"He suffered severe crush wounds from the hopper,” Sergeant Matthew Laxton said. "Unfortunately nothing could be done to save the young boy.

"It’s incredibly traumatic. It seems to be a family-run farm… everyone’s obviously distressed."

"When you have little kids you only get one chance. We were just saying the other day we've gone through life without a tragedy and then it was just a split second," Mr Membrey said. 

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