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Schoolboy Harry Whitlam Hit By Tractor Dies
A schoolboy has died after being hit by a tractor at a farm visitor attraction.
Harry Whitlam, 11, died on Friday hours after the incident at Swithens Farm in the Rothwell area of Leeds.
The tractor driver, a 48-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving.
The farm is open to visitors, although a statement on its website said the collision was on the "working part of the farm".
Local reports suggested Harry suffered head injuries from the tractor's trailer as the vehicle was reversing.
The 11-year-old, who lived in the Wakefield area, was apparently a farm hand at the premises where his mother also worked.
Officers were called at 9.20am on Friday by the ambulance service who were already at the scene.
He was flown to Leeds General Infirmary but died on Friday night following complicated emergency surgery.
Joanna Baron, who was at the farm with her four-year-old son, told the Yorkshire Post: "I can't believe it. It's awful. We come here a lot and it's such a lovely place to be. It's shocking."
Detective Superintendent Scott Wood, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "We are continuing to investigate what has been a tragic incident with the Health and Safety Executive and are still appealing for witnesses."
The tractor driver has been bailed pending further inquiries.
Swithens Farm, which describes itself as a "friendly place with a focus on families, fun and fabulous fresh food", has remained open.
A statement posted on its website said: "There was a tragic accident on Friday 9 August and our thoughts are with Harry's family.
"We're still not sure of the full circumstances but the accident happened on the working part of the farm.
"The farm shop, cafe and petting farm are open to the general public and we are trying to run the business as normal."
:: Anyone who saw the collision should contact West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team on 01924 293047 or via 101.