A farmer in Somerset died in hospital yesterday from injuries sustained when his cows trampled him last week.
75 year old Harold Lee was herding his cows along a minor road in Burtle, Somerset last Thursday when they were startled by a passing fire engine, the Guardian reports. As the frightened cows ran back to their field the farmer was knocked from his quad bike and squashed beneath their hooves.
Avon and Somerset police have begun an investigation to clarify exactly what happened. Chief fire officer Lee Howell, from Devon Fire and Rescue gave this statement to the press:
“A fire appliance encountered cattle crossing the road near Burtle. A man was injured by stampeding cattle and firefighters gave first aid at the scene.”
The fire crew are working with the police to establish what happened.