Three boys injured by irrigation reel on Sumas-area farm

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 19, 2013 

SUMAS - Three children were injured, one seriously, when they were struck by equipment on a farm east of Sumas Friday afternoon, July 19.

Whatcom County Fire District 14 firefighters responded at about 2:15 p.m. to a farm at the corner of Rock and Nims roads, where three boys younger than 10 were injured by a broken irrigation reel, Chief Jerry DeBruin said.

He described one of the boys as in serious to critical condition, while the others needed basic treatment. All three were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph hospital.

It was unclear what the boys were doing in the field or exactly how they were injured. It appears that a chain broke on an irrigation reel, causing a high-energy recoil that made part of the equipment strike the boys, DeBruin said.

The boys' names and the exact nature of their injuries were not released because of health privacy laws.

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