Farmer trampled by 'frightened' cows dies
An elderly farmer who was trampled when his cows were apparently scared by a fire engine, has died, police said today.
Harold Lee, 75, was riding a quad bike at the back of the 100-strong dairy herd as he and son Richard were taking the animals to be milked.
It is understood a fire engine on its way to a road accident was coming in the opposite direction as the pair made their way to Robins Farm, Burtle in Somerset.
Avon and Somerset police confirmed they were investigating the possibility that the herd was startled by the fire engine's sirens.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service is due to release a statement later today.
Mr Lee was left in a critical condition after suffering head and chest injuries. He was airlifted to Royal United Hospital, Bath, after the incident before being transferred to Frenchay, Bristol.
After the incident last Tuesday, Mr Lee's son Andrew told the Bridgwater Mercury: "I was working on the farm and I had a phone call from my brother Richard saying a fire engine had frightened the cows and father was hurt.
"When I got there father was semi-conscious and trying to talk."
He added: "It is very sad and we feel this should not have happened."
- 1 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 2 What color is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
- 3 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 4 'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
- 5 Madonna claims jokes about her age tantamount to racism: 'No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black'
Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
Mohammed Emwazi: Nine things we know about Isis militant 'Jihadi John'
What color is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
'Jihadi John': Mohammed Emwazi – from British computer programmer to Isis executioner
Madonna claims jokes about her age tantamount to racism: 'No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black'
Oscars 2015: Birdman beats Boyhood as Eddie Redmayne and Patricia Arquette win big - as it happened
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East
salary equal to £40K pro-rata: Sauce Recruitment: Are you available to start a...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Creative Front-End Developer - Claph...
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The role in this successful eco...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: QA Tester - London - £30,000 QA Tes...