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Girl, 5, killed in farming accident in Kan.

The child fell through a shattered windshield and landed on a combine machine's header

The Salina Journal

ABILENE, Kan. — A 5-year-old rural Abilene girl was killed Wednesday in a farm accident involving a combine, Sheriff Gareth Hoffman said.

Hoffman said emergency responders were called to a soybean field in the area of 3400 Avenue and Key Road in the north end of Dickinson County at about 5 p.m.

He said Brooklyn Debenham had been riding in the cab of the combine with her father, Brian, when the combine hit a bump or some type of obstacle. He said the windshield of the combine shattered, and the child fell through the glass and landed on the machine’s header.  

Hoffman said emergency medical personnel from Abilene and Enterprise responded, and a Lifestar airplane was en route, but Brooklyn died in the field.

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Corey J Sagstuen Corey J Sagstuen Friday, October 25, 2013 5:57:19 PM Sry ton the family for this horrible all my years of farming I have never seen this happen??? I can't imagine how???
Jan Newman Franklin Jan Newman Franklin Friday, October 25, 2013 10:33:54 PM Ohhhh how horrible!!!!!!! Prayers for the family!!!!!!!!
Sean Wells Sean Wells Saturday, October 26, 2013 2:36:56 PM What kind of combine was it?
Elizabeth Miller Elizabeth Miller Saturday, October 26, 2013 6:01:33 PM Farm machinery is not equipped for riders, but since everyone knows how much children love to "help" in the field, they should consider outfitting combines and tractors, even riding lawnmowers, for two people.
Lee Brown Lee Brown Sunday, October 27, 2013 10:17:35 AM My sympathies for the family and the responders. I know that had to be a horrific scene.

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