8-year-old girl dies after brush hog incident

Published: Sep. 20, 2020 at 8:19 PM EDT
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WOOD COUNTY, W.Va (WTAP) -An 8-year-old girl is dead after an incident involving a piece of farm equipment on Progress Ridge Road Sunday afternoon.

Deputies with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office say one of the girl’s relatives was operating a brush hog and didn’t see her when she got too close and struck her with it. Officers say a helicopter was called to fly the girl to a hospital, but the flight was canceled when first responders arrived on scene and declared her dead. The original call came in just before 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Authorities say the girl’s body will be sent for an autopsy, but charges related to the incident are unlikely.

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