Oklahoma Boy Killed In Tractor Accident

Oklahoma Boy Killed In Tractor Accident

There are 103 comments on the News on 6 Tulsa story from Mar 5, 2009, titled Oklahoma Boy Killed In Tractor Accident. In it, News on 6 Tulsa reports that:

A 4-year-old boy has been killed after falling from a tractor and being run over by a brush hog mower the tractor was pulling.

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Wow

Tulsa, OK

#41 Mar 5, 2009
Ignorance wrote:
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Agreed horrible accident.
Will your kids no longer be allowed in cars also?
Well, I see that ignorance is in abundance! Yes, this is a horrible accident! But your comment is just rude! My children rode around on the tractor with my husband too, and had this happened when they were little I probably would have said the same thing, but to compare it to them riding in a car?

This accident was preventable by not allowing the child on the tractor. Children have to be in cars for many valid reasons!

My heart goes out to this family! God Bless this baby!
kelly

Tulsa, OK

#42 Mar 5, 2009
SAR wrote:
And bbd, I am sure the family feels absolutely horrible (as they should) and are still going through the "shoulda, coulda, woulda's." Actually I HOPE THEY ARE! Its a hard lesson, but this is apparently what it takes for some people to learn. I feel bad for them, YES, absolutely! They just lost their little son that was only 4 yrs old... I have a 3 yr old and my heart breaks just thinking about being in their situation. But unfortunately you should not turn a blind eye to stupidity all of the time.
well i'm sure you've made mistakes that could of resulted in your childs death like going to fast or truning on a yellow light that could cause a wreak anything and you can't say you have bc just about anything can cause a death and ya know what you wouldn't want people on here say that crap to you SO SHUT UP! It hurts my heart and then to see people on here like you that think ON WELL ITS NOT ME OR MY CHILD SO I'LL BE BRUTIAL....GET OTTA HEERE

Since: Oct 08

collinsville

#43 Mar 5, 2009
XOXOXOX wrote:
I wouldn't call these parents, grandparents, or whomever ignorant, stupid or anything like that. They are human. I am a 40 year old down home country guy that as a kid my sister & I took turns everyday riding the tractor with dad & grandad, we're both still alive today. This was just a horrible accident. Sure this could have been prevented but so could 90% of all accidents.
My thoughts & prayers are with this family.
May God Bless You!!!!
I totally agree. I was raised on the farm and riding on the fenders. This does not make them bad people. This family is in my prayers.
Rene

United States

#44 Mar 5, 2009
I pray God bless this family in there time of sorrow
ranch

Tulsa, OK

#45 Mar 5, 2009
These comments are unbelievable.
The boy probably wasn't actually sitting on the fender. There is a place to stand between the driver and the fender where I spent many hours as a kid next to my dad.
The person driving the tractor had probably stood there as a child as well.
Believe it or not Zach was probably just 3-4 yrs away from driving the tractor himself.
BRS

Tulsa, OK

#46 Mar 5, 2009
[QUOTE who="ranch"
Believe it or not Zach was probably just 3-4 yrs away from driving the tractor himself.[/QUOTE]

Wow. That is scary as hell. No child should be driving a tractor, sepecially one under the age of ten. We have to wait to be a certain age to drive a car, it shoudl be the same for farm equipment. There is a reason for that law.

I don't care how many generations of a family have done this stupid behavoir, it is not safe for any child to be around a spinning blade. THINK, people!
Sweet

Tulsa, OK

#47 Mar 5, 2009
OSUGIRL wrote:
<quoted text>I feel you. I was thinking how senseless this was, but I had to stop and think, what if that was the way you are raised. I am 32 and lived in Tulsa all my life. Now I consider myself country because I am an Okie,but I have never lived on a farm. I know that people who r raised in the country are used to the laxed way of living and kids get to run freely and not worry so much about "oh you will get that dirty". What is stupid to one person can just be the way of life for another. We have to learn to think about other peoples' way of living before passing judgement. God bless the family.
Thank you! I actually grew up on a farm. I was driving a stick shift pickup by the age of 8 and a tractor by the age of 10. This was normal for us and most kids that grew up on a farm. We drove out into the pasture and fed cows or worked up dirt. Until you have lived this lifestyle, don't judge!!

I agree, this is a tragedy and could have been prevented, however, EVERY accident could have been prevented somehow, so again, don't judge. You know as well and I do that this family is "going through the emotions." From one farm family to another, my prayers go out to you.

“PepĂ© & Titan”

Since: Jul 08

Tulsa-Jenks

#48 Mar 5, 2009
ranch wrote:
These comments are unbelievable.
The boy probably wasn't actually sitting on the fender. There is a place to stand between the driver and the fender where I spent many hours as a kid next to my dad.
The person driving the tractor had probably stood there as a child as well.
Believe it or not Zach was probably just 3-4 yrs away from driving the tractor himself.
I totally agree "ranch". Most city people however do not understand this philosophy. Some of the best times I remember with my grandpa was riding with him on his tractor. Terrible accident. Nothing more, nothing less. My condolences.
Jeneva

Inola, OK

#49 Mar 5, 2009
Ignorance wrote:
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Agreed horrible accident.
Will your kids no longer be allowed in cars also?
There is a world of difference between riding on the bumper of a tractor and in a car.
Ignorance

Wichita, KS

#50 Mar 5, 2009
More children die riding in cars then on the bumpers of tractors. I am sorry I made the comment. It was not meant to have everyone on the attack. What happend to this child was an accident.
You can lock your kid in a padded room if you want or let them enjoy life while you enjoy it with them. None of us where there so blaming someone who is going through something unimaginable is never the answer. This story should make people love there kids more, not point fingers.
mother of 4

Mobile, AL

#51 Mar 5, 2009
Sweet wrote:
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Thank you! I actually grew up on a farm. I was driving a stick shift pickup by the age of 8 and a tractor by the age of 10. This was normal for us and most kids that grew up on a farm. We drove out into the pasture and fed cows or worked up dirt. Until you have lived this lifestyle, don't judge!!
I agree, this is a tragedy and could have been prevented, however, EVERY accident could have been prevented somehow, so again, don't judge. You know as well and I do that this family is "going through the emotions." From one farm family to another, my prayers go out to you.
i'm from the city and my husband grew up on his uncles farm and he was like you. he was driving the farm truck in the fields while i was still riding my bike up and down the streets! we live on about five acres now and if my children want to ride along twith their dad on the tractor, then they will but probably not while he is brush hogging. i know and he knows how to be safe when it comes to stuff like that and if i actually thought that my children were in any kind of immediate danger, then i would stop them from doing it. this was a freak accident and my heart aches for the parents of this sweet boy
okla09

Okmulgee, OK

#52 Mar 5, 2009
This is very tragic. My prayers and thought are with this family!

Since: Oct 08

collinsville

#53 Mar 5, 2009
BRS wrote:
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Wow. That is scary as ****. No child should be driving a tractor, sepecially one under the age of ten. We have to wait to be a certain age to drive a car, it shoudl be the same for farm equipment. There is a reason for that law.
I don't care how many generations of a family have done this stupid behavoir, it is not safe for any child to be around a spinning blade. THINK, people!
I was 7 when i first starting driving a tractor. I was driving the truck to feed cows when I was 9. Those were the days and I also think if we all had stayed in those times doing things the way we did the world might be diff. today. you know some good ole farm people values. It taught us responsibility.

Since: Feb 09

Tulsa, OK

#54 Mar 5, 2009
JustaRandomGirl wrote:
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Well, they won't be riding on bumpers, thats for sure... JERK!
Some just can't help what they are.
farm raised

Arkansas City, KS

#55 Mar 5, 2009
Beaver 1 wrote:
This is just tragic. What the heck are people thinking??? Wait, I'm guessing they were not thinking. This is just stupid. Come on people, a little brain power goes a long way. My thoughts and prayers to this family. They will need it. I am very sorry for your loss.
let me ask you this
how many children raised on a farm never ride with a grown up on a tractor?
being raised on a farm it is no differnt than
riding on a motorcycle or a jet ski or a car
there is always a chance that some thing could happen one of the greatest time i had as a child
was riding with my grand dad on the tractor.
and you or i dont know the whole story so how would i even assume that this man was neglegent
or wrong. How can you judge what you dont understand. Yes it is tragic and horrible and it is a terrible loss but unless you been on one of those fenders dont
judge.

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#56 Mar 5, 2009
BRS wrote:
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There is no reason or purpose for them to be playing on a tractor. It is sad how many children lose their lives because of ignorant parents.
my son has ridden on a tractor several times,he loves it, but i won't let his father take him on an open-cab tractor, that's how situations like these occur, not from the parent's ignorance, but from a lack of discretion.
einzig

Tulsa, OK

#57 Mar 5, 2009
My son is 4 yrs old, I wince when I imagine this horrific accident. I'm sure the poor soul that was driving the tractor has played this over & over in his head a thousand times, God be their comforter.
CYLK

AOL

#58 Mar 5, 2009
Sorry to hear this and sorry for the family, but damn what were y'all thinking.
Howard Waller

Preston, OK

#59 Mar 5, 2009
There is a reason tractors have one seat! As a tractor operator I feel that the clown driving should be arrested for felony child endangerment and manslaughter at the least but past incidents of this type reported on Channel 6 indicate that the only thing done will be an outpouring of sympathy for the negligent operator.
Jeneva

Inola, OK

#60 Mar 5, 2009
Every farming family and those who grew up on a farm should not make an excuse for this, but should say they understand how it could have happened. I used to stand up in the front seat of the car when my parents were driving around. But when I became a parent we were more aware that this is an unsafe practice, and kids get killed. As humans, we can point to several things that were done at one time that pointed to people getting killed, but we now attempt to make unsafe actions a thing of the past with education and proper training for equipment use.
We can certainly maintain the wonderful lifestyle of living and being raised on a farm. Some of my best memories are just walking through the pasture and watching rabbits jump out. But we also need to insure the safety of children by not making the same mistakes that have been made before. This poor boy's death was a preventable tragedy. Of course I feel terrible for his family, but I hope it serves as a warning that cars and farm equipment should be operated by people who have safety in mind.

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