HARMONY, Maine — A 4-year-old boy is recovering in a Bangor hospital after having his right leg amputated as the result of a lawnmower accident on Wednesday evening, police said.
Jaydon Talbot was riding in a trailer behind the machine shortly before 7:30 p.m. when the trailer tipped over, causing the boy to fall out, according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. The machine subsequently ran him over.
The boy’s aunt, Teresa Gourley, said family members are still trying to come to grips with what happened.
“I don’t really know what happened,” Gourley said Thursday afternoon. “It was just a freak accident. We know we shouldn’t have our kids on the lawnmower but everybody does.”
Gourley said Wednesday’s incident wasn’t the first time Talbot had been given a ride on the family lawnmower.
Harmony Fire-Rescue was initially called to the scene at 217 North Road, and Cpl. Michael Ross of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department responded shortly after.
Gourley said the boy had his right leg amputated above the knee at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Gourley added family members are confident he will recover.
“It’s going to take quite a while for him to recover but they believe he will,” she said. “There’s no other complications.”
Before being transported to EMMC, Talbot was taken by ambulance to Redington-Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan before a LifeFlight helicopter airlifted him to Bangor, Lancaster said.
The chief deputy said Wednesday’s accident should give residents a reminder to use caution around children while using lawnmowers and other landscaping equipment.
“It’s really a tragedy but at the end of the day the young man’s going to be alive,” said Lancaster.
Lancaster said no charges have been filed and the incident remains under investigation.
“We have not been able to have a conversation with the young man’s parents,” he said. “There is still some work to be done on the case.”
An earlier version of this story requires correction. Jaydon Talbot was riding in a trailer behind the lawnmower, not on his father’s lap.