Boy, 8, killed in skid-steer loader accident identified
Boy hit when digging-equipment operator backed up, sheriff says
Authorities in Lafayette County have identified the Blanchardville boy killed when he was hit by a piece of digging equipment.
The Lafayette County Sheriff's Department said 8-year-old boy Melvin Jerrett Jr. died Friday afternoon after he was run over by a skid-steer loader.
According to a statement, officials pronounced the child dead at the scene in Blanchard Township. The statement said Melvin Jerrett Sr., 31, was operating the skid-steer loader was backing up when he ran over the boy.
Officers received the 911 call a little before 5 p.m. Friday.
The sheriff's department said the skid-steer equipment was being used at a small campground site development.
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