Police name boy who died in tractor horror at Leeds farm

Harry Whitlam, 11, who tragically lost his life in a tractor accident
Harry Whitlam, 11, who tragically lost his life in a tractor accident

Police have released the name of the 11-year-old boy who tragically died in a horrific tractor accident at a farm in Rothwell.

Harry Whitlam, 11, from the Wakefield area died yesterday evening at Leeds General Infirmary following an accident at Swithens Farm in Rothwell yesterday morning.

It is believed Harry was working as a farm hand at the facility where his mother is also understood to work.

In emergency treatment, Harry underwent complex emergency surgery to try to save him.

He is thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by the tractor’s trailer at 9.20am, before being flown by Yorkshire Air Ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary. He died last night.

A tractor driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving after a schoolboy was fatally injured at a popular visitors’ farm in Leeds. The arrested man has now been bailed pending continuing enquiries.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “At about 9.20am on Friday police were contacted by the ambulance service who were attending Swithens Farm, in Swithens Lane, Rothwell, where an 11-year-old boy had been injured in a collision with a tractor.

“He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary by air ambulance for treatment. A 48-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving.”

Detective Superintendent Scott Wood of West Yorkshire Police said: “We are continuing to investigate what has been a tragic incident with the Health and Safety Executive and are still appealing for witnesses to what occured yesterday.”

The farm, which is run by the Broadhead family has a shop, playground, play barn and open farm.

The incident happened on a dirt track next to barns.

Witnesses should contact West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team on 01924 293047 or via 101.