Toddler dies in freak lawnmower accident

RUSHSYLVANIA, Ohio — Authorities in western Ohio say an 18-month-old boy crushed between a lawn mower and a pickup truck over the weekend has died.

Logan County Sheriff Randall Dodds tells the Springfield News-Sun that investigators believe Elias Dickinson became pinned Sunday while his father was trying to jump-start a lawnmower. It happened in Rushsylvania, about 50 miles northwest of Columbus.

Dodds says the death is being treated as an accident.

The boy was taken to a hospital but died. The Bellefontaine Examiner reports that investigators interviewed his relatives but didn’t immediately release further details about how the accident occurred.

Credit: NY Post 

Teen sitting on hammock killed after tree falls on her

A Kentucky teenager sitting on a hammock was killed Tuesday when a tree collapsed and toppled on her, crushing her to death.

Michelle Chalk, 15, was in the backyard of a Ford Thomas home Tuesday night when she and her friend decided to spend some time sitting on a hammock, FOX19 reported. One of the two trees the hammock was tied to collapsed on top of her.

Officials found the teenager dead at the scene. Her friend was not seriously injured.

It’s unclear what caused the tree to collapse. Police ruled her death an accident.

Chalk was expected to start classes at Highlands High School later this month. She danced at Cincinnati Ballet and was described as a treasured member of the group.

“We are deeply saddened to lose Michelle who was a vibrant and beloved member of our young performers cast,” Victoria Morgan, artistic director of the Cincinnati Ballet, told FOX19.

Credit: NY Post