Child dies in freak accident

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A family is mourning the loss of a four-year-old child who died in an accident over the weekend.

According to reports, Alexander Johnson had just arrived home on Saturday morning in his Toyota Hiace bus which he exited and left open to enter the house.

Unknown to the father, his four-year-old daughter entered the open vehicle without him realizing, and is believed to have somehow managed to release the parking brake, commonly referred to as the handbrake.

The young girl was reportedly startled by the sudden movement of the vehicle and tried to jump out. In doing so, she unfortunately got pinned beneath the bus.

Police reports indicated that the father was made aware that there was something happening with his vehicle. He rushed out of the house to find his daughter stuck under the right side of the bus.

The little girl was rushed to Mount St. John’s Medical Centre, but she was pronounced dead a few minutes after arrival.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Gaston Browne has expressed his administration’s condolences to the family of the deceased.

On the Prime Minister’s Facebook page, Browne said “the sympathies of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda are extended to the entire family and community over this tragic loss”.

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