Update: 3-Year-Old in Tractor Accident in "Good Condition" at Yale

On Monday, a young Clinton girl either fell off a tractor or was run over, sustaining injuries.


Update as of 9:45am, Sept. 18:

According to the Clinton police, they have confirmed that the 3-year old girl involved in the tractor accident Monday is in "good condition" at Yale Hospital.

"Our hopes and prayers are with her for a full and speedy recovery," said Sgt. Jeremiah Dunn of the CPD.

Earlier story:

Shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, Clinton Police responded to a tractor accident at 110 Commerce Street involving a 3-year-old girl.

Sgt. Jeremiah Dunn of the Clinton Police said that the girl, who is not being named at this time, was with a parent, also not being named, seated on a tractor when she either fell off or was run over, sustaining injuries.

The tractor was in motion when the incident occurred, said police.

The child was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

"She was conscious and alert when the ambulance arrived at Yale," said Dunn.

The 110 Commerce Street is a private home, noted Dunn. The tractor was not a lawn mower type vehicle but a medium-size vehicle with a bucket on one side and a scoop on the other. It has two seats, one allegedly held the parent, the other allegedly the young girl.

The incident is reminiscent of a tragic accident earlier this summer involving a Branford 2-year-old and his grandfather.

The incident is currently under investigation.

Look to the Clinton Patch for more details as they become available.

Martin Lawler September 18, 2012 at 04:34 PM
It must be an awful burden to have the vision to cast judgement over an incident that is less than 12 hours old.Given your sanctimony, I'm guessing you have never had an "accident" before, they call them''accidents' because they aren't deliberate. As you sit there and arm chair quarterback this tragedy try to bear in mind hindsight is always 20/20.You have painted a picture of some moronic Neanderthal(and your"extremely reliable sources",possibly suicidal)out carelessly draging his 3 yr old to work. I visualize a happy father and "daddy's little helper",riding back to the house when this horrible incident occurred. As the child of construction family my earliest memories are sitting in my grandfathers lap holding the wheel,controls,and buttons in everything from tractors to airplanes,before people began trying to bubble wrap society,this was how you learned .One thing I couldn't help but notice in your post,given all of the blame casting,and finger pointing there was not 1 word of well wishes for the child or the family. I'll take this opportunity to extend my thoughts and prayers to both.As for "answering to a higher authority",the police will determine any wrong doing and,I have a feeling it will be seen as what it is, an ACCIDENT the family will have to live with for the rest of their lives,and return home to read your repulsive opinion.Sadly, there is no"answering to society"in the blogisphere.you should be ashamed of yourself,Dick...excuse me, MR Poulton
Crystal Stephen September 18, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Well said Martin!
Philip Co September 18, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I can't see Mr. Poulton's comment, so I won't comment on your response to it. However, the story from the Hartford Courant (courant.com) states, in part, "Police said the girl was riding on the tractor with a parent. She was sitting behind the operator, out of sight, and fell off. The parent did not see her fall. She was then run over." There's an admittedly fine line between an "accident" and the result of "recklessness". I don't think that hindsight should have been needed to conclude that allowing a three year old to ride on a tractor out of the sight of the operator was reckless.
Fay Abrahamsson September 18, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Poulton's comment was removed because it violated the Patch Terms of Use which everyone must agree to abide by before commenting.


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