Investigation after farm accident

An investigation is underway after a child was taken to hospital and several more were hurt when a ride they were on overturned at a popular Suffolk attraction.

SUFFOLK: An investigation is underway after a child was taken to hospital and several more were hurt when a ride they were on overturned at a popular Suffolk attraction.

Emergency services were called to Easton Farm Park, near Framlingham, around 3pm on Saturday.

Fiona Siddall, farm manager, said the barrel bug ride - which is towed behind a tractor - would be stopped until an investigation into the incident was complete.

She also assured visitors that the attraction had very strict rules and would be working with the local authorities to review any health and safety procedures.

“It is a ride that has been operating at the farm for more than three years and this is the first time we have ever had an incident,” she said. “The ride has safety features - including seatbelts and roll bars - to prevent serious injuries. We have decided to stop it until the investigation is complete.

“Whenever an accident does happen at the farm we conduct a thorough investigation and review safety procedures to see where we can improve.

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“We work with the authorities to make sure we provide the safest environment for our customers. I would like to reassure people that we have very strict health and safety procedures.”

A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service said four children were treated at the scene of the accident for minor abrasive injuries.

Another - believed to be a three-year-old girl - was taken to Ipswich Hospital with slightly more serious injuries.

“It appears the children were suffering from burns due to being dragged,” the spokeswoman said.

A spokesman for Suffolk Coastal District Council confirmed last night that they are carrying out a routine health and safety investigation into the accident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the health and safety team at Suffolk Coastal District Council on 01394 444357.

Did you see the accident? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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