This is truly a tragedy my thoughts and prayers are with the families of this truly tragic accident.  Each summer we hear news about all sorts of tragedies, and this year it seems as though some of the bad news concerning children is coming a little early and is arriving in the spring.

Children are usually in school this time of year and teachers are the ones who are responsible for keeping children’s minds occupied. This year parents must try to keep their own children’s minds occupied as well as their bodies.

I’m sure the father in East Berne was only trying to spend some quality time with his son.  I’m sure he thought that he was using an outdoor task as a learning experience for his son, but the end result was tragic.

According to Times Union,  Albany County Sheriffs’ Office received a 9-1-1 call just after 11 o’clock in the morning on Thatcher Park Road for a report of an accident.  Albany County Sheriff, Craig D. Apple Sr. responded to the call and discovered that an 8-year-old boy was riding on an ATV when the accident occurred. 

Sheriff Apple advised that the boy was riding the ATV and his father was operating a bulldozer. Unfortunately, the boy on the ATV collided with the bulldozer, and the ATV became stuck under the thread of the bulldozer being driven by the father. 

The boy’s 5-year-old brother was also at the scene of the accident. The younger child was uninjured.  The 8-year-old boy, who lived with his mother in Westerlo, was pronounced dead at the scene. The father left the scene and still hasn't been located while this seems like an accident charge are pending until further investigation.

This was a very tragic beginning of the summer of this family. Just a dad trying to care for his sons and to teach them some helpful lessons, has turned extremely sad for them.  Hopefully, the rest of us can learn from this family’s tragedy.  Take care of your children and try to keep them involved in age-appropriate activities.

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