The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office tweeted that the little boy was pronounced dead at the scene

By Lindsay Kimble
April 27, 2018 04:29 PM
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A 3-year-old Washington child is dead following what police called a “tragic incident” involving a riding lawn mower.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office tweeted on Thursday that the little boy was “riding the lawn mower with his father” when he fell off and was run over.

According to authorities, the little boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Spokeswoman Shari Ireton told Q13 Fox that “witnesses reported that the boy fell off and went under the mower.”

The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for additional comment.

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Local outlet KOMO reported that authorities said the boy’s death is being called an accident.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission fact sheet about riding lawn mowers states that children should “never” be carried on mowers “even with the blade(s) shut off.”

“They may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with safe mower operation,” the fact sheet states. “Children who have been given rides in the past may suddenly appear in the mowing area for another ride and be run over or backed over by the machine.”