Community reacts to tragic death of child in McPherson County farming accident

GALVA, Kan. (KSNW) – Family and friends are still dealing with the tragic loss of an 8-year-old boy in rural McPherson County after a tragic farming accident.

The McPherson County Sheriff’s Office says the boy was riding with someone inside a tractor when it happened just before 1 p.m. Saturday.

Sheriff’s officers say a heavy, metal disc came off a piece of farm equipment, and went airborne, crashing into the cab of a tractor.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

No one else was hurt in the accident.

Don Becker has known the grandparents of the little boy his entire life.

Becker says he attended the same church as them and was even in the same youth group with them growing up.

He’s still trying to wrap his mind around what he calls a freak accident.

“My sister called me and I said you know that is about the saddest thing that can happen, you can’t hardly comprehend something like that happening,” said Becker.

Becker says they are well respected in the community and devout in their Mennonite faith.

He says while talking to extended family, they are doing the best they can under very tragic circumstances.

“She said it was really hard on them, it was tough,” said Becker.

With this tragedy, Becker believes the tight-knit community of just under a thousand people will be there to help lift up the family.

“This community will feel their pain you know for the most part I would say and rally right around them, it’d be like one of the family, like a big family,” said Becker.

John Jenkinson of The Ag Network says this has been hard on the larger agriculture community throughout parts of Kansas.

He says many in rural Kansas are sending condolences.

“This accident, certainly is a horrible tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of that young boy, but it is also a very unusual accident – in all my years in farming this is one of the most unusual accidents that I have ever heard of,” said Jenkinson.

The McPherson County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t released the name of the 8-year-old boy at this time.