Toddlers killed in separate accidents

August 25, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE and ANDREA ROWLAND

Two Tri-State area toddlers were killed Saturday in separate accidents on their family farms.

Shortly after 8 a.m., a 1-year-old boy was hit by a front-end loader as his father was moving stone at their Newburg, Pa., home, Pennsylvania State Police said.

At 10:45 a.m., a 11/2-year-old girl was struck by a tractor on a farm north of Hagerstown, said Deputy David Sanders of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Daniel K. Esh was the only son of Steven and Barbara Esh, an Amish family who live at 16417 Cumberland Highway, Lurgan Township, Franklin County, the boy's uncle said in a telephone interview.


Steven Esh, a part-time farmer, was relocating a roadside produce stand on their property, said the uncle, whose is also the boy's namesake.

Young Daniel is survived by three older sisters, Daniel Esh said.

Police did not release the name of the little girl who died in the other accident, which occurred at 19534 Reidtown Road.

Japheth L. Martin, 25, accidentally ran over his young daughter while rounding a turn on a tractor front-loaded with a bale of hay, Sanders said. She was killed instantly.

The hay bale blocked Martin's view of the child standing in the path of the tractor, Sanders said.

No charges will be filed, he said.

The Martin family declined to comment on the accident.

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