Member of public dies after telehandler incident on farm

An investigation is under way after a member of the public was killed after being struck by a telehandler on a farm in North Yorkshire.

A 71-year-old man suffered serious injuries and died following the incident which happened on a farm in the Richmond area on Sunday (28 October).

North Yorkshire Police are leading the investigation into the sudden death, with assistance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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A force spokesman said: “Police were contacted at 8.45am Sunday, 28 October, to reports of a 71-year-old man from Northallerton who had been involved in a collision with a Manitou telehandler on farmland near Gilling West.

“Both land and air ambulance and police attended, but sadly despite the efforts of ambulance staff the man died at the scene due to the injuries he sustained.

“A police investigation is under way to determine the circumstances around the incident.”

In a statement, the HSE said: “Our initial notification is that a member of the public was killed when struck by a telehandler.”

A 33-year-old man from Darlington has been interviewed under caution.

The NFU said it had been made aware of the incident and was liaising with the farmer. A spokeswoman for the union passed on her condolences to the family of the deceased.