A nine-year-old lost his life after being covered in grains of wheat while playing in a full tractor trailer. There is great sadness and bewilderment in the home community in Salzburg.
Second week of vacation, sunshine, the smell of fresh hay, blue sky and 31 degrees Celsius. What sounds like a summer fairy tale is overshadowed by a tragic accident in the municipality of Lamprechtshausen. Nine-year-old Thomas died on Monday after playing on a farm.
The community boy, who was often visiting a friend in the afternoon, was buried under grains of wheat while playing on a trailer. The two children previously used the tilt of the tipper as a slide. They climbed up from the side of the ship and slid down the grain.
Grain on tractor trailer becomes deadly quicksand
Then it happened: the grain that had run off in the meantime apparently developed such a strong suction that the third-grader was sucked in and finally buried in such a way that he could no longer free himself from it.
His unharmed eight-year-old friend immediately called for help. The farmer managed to dig the boy, who had passed out by then, from the grain.
The local ambulance was there in just five minutes. Just three minutes later, the Salzburg emergency helicopter “Christophorus 6” landed at the accident site.
After medical first aid, the boy was flown to the University Hospital of Salzburg. Around midnight, however, the intensive care doctors lost the battle for little Thomas’s life.
Lamprechtshausen is stunned and mourns
“You can’t believe it. Words fall short,” Mayor Andrea Pabinger sums up the mood in the city. Now it is important that the community stands together and that it somehow continues, says Pabinger.
The mayor is not alone in being moved by the tragedy of the accident. A hiker, who often passed the boys with her dog, says with wet eyes: “Today I made a detour. The children who played there were always so nice and cheerful!”
Thomas’ school friends from the third grade were informed of the accident together with their parents on Tuesday and cared for them in primary school. The police are investigating.
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