A 70-year-old multi-millionaire dairy farmer was accidentally killed by his own pooch after the animal reportedly set his tractor into motion, crushing him on his farm in North Somerset in the UK.
Derek Mead, who was likewise a property developer and a local councillor, endured a heart attack after the “tragic mishap” on his farm on Sunday afternoon, Telegraph revealed.
It is understood that Mead was crushed by a JCB farm loader, a machine used to transport heavy materials, it said.
The canine is thought to have entered the cab and accidentally started the vehicle, as per a source close to the farmer’s family. It is trusted that the animal may have accidentally knocked the gear stick forward.
Police and paramedics were called to The Laurels in Hewish, close Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset in the afternoon.
Two response vehicles, an ambulance and an air ambulance attended and rescuers tried to save the frmer, who was in heart failure.
In an announcement the Mead family, who have been farming in Somerset since the 1400s, described the death as a “terrible loss”.
They stated: “It is with heavy hearts that we need to tell you that our dad and granddad, Derek Mead, was slaughtered in a tragic mishap on his farm.
Mead owned Border Collies and terriers and was often observed pottering around the farm in his wellies and flat top, a neighbor said.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary affirmed yesterday (Mon) that the investigation has been passed to the Health and Safety Executive.