NEW VINEYARD, Maine – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says the bucket of a front-end loader severed a 4-year-old child’s leg Monday afternoon.
Deputies say the child was with his grandfather, who is his legal guardian, who was working with a front end loader at a family gravel pit off Anson Valley Road.
At some point after exiting the loader, the grandfather turned away and the child got underneath the bucket of the parked tractor, which had been lowered but not leveled out, according to deputies.
Deputies say the bucket then lost hydraulic pressure, lowered and captured both of the child’s legs, severing one.
The child was taken to the hospital by the grandfather and then flown to Boston.
Deputies say the grandfather’s immediate actions after the accident saved the child’s life.
Farmington Police alerted Franklin County deputies about the incident after an officer stopped a car for speeding and erratic driving around 2 p.m.
The officer discovered the driver was delivering the severed leg to the hospital for possible reattachment to the child.
The officer then escorted the car the rest of the way to the hospital.
A GoFundMe has been set up for the boy.