FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Two children who were riding in the front bucket of a backhoe were killed on April 3 after the bucket knocked them to the ground and they were run over.
The children, an 11-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl, died at the scene outside their home just west of Roanoke in Denton County. It was around sunset when the Highway Patrol Troopers were called home to the 1600 block of Chapel Hill Court.
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Investigation into the incident is ongoing, but officials believe several children and adults were on various moving parts of a John Deere backhoe when the accident occurred.
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The excavator was in motion when the bucket fell. Two other children suffered unknown injuries and were treated at a local trauma center. An adult was also taken to hospital with serious injuries. Backhoe operator Vijender Chauhan, 40, was not injured.
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Chauhan, who is a resident of Crowley, was arrested and held in Denton County Jail on two counts of manslaughter, three counts of endangering a child and one count of ways indeed serious with a lethal weapon.