Boy dies in freak steel frame accident

2012-12-14 10:04
Gerrie Kruger (File, Beeld)

Gerrie Kruger (File, Beeld)

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Pretoria - A 5-year-old boy has died in a freak accident on a smallholding outside Badplaas.

Minutes after Gerrie Kruger, 5, gave his grandmother a little bouquet of grass and flowers, he went to play on a steel frame, which fell over and onto his head, reported Beeld.

The freak accident happened on the smallholding where the boy and his 8-year-old sister lived with their father.

“Tannie, my brother is dead!” screamed the boy’s sister as she ran to an office on the farm where a woman, Karen de Villiers, was working.

De Villiers ran to the little boy.

“I saw his lips were blue and his eyes had already changed colour. There was blood coming out of his ear. I knew he was dead. When I touched his leg, it was limp,” De Villiers said.

His grieving father told how excited his little boy had been about going to “big” school next year.

“And one of his favourite things to do was to pick flowers for his grandmother and to make a bouquet,” he said.

The steel frame fitted onto a truck and the boy presumably was swinging on it when it fell on top of him.

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