A TRAGIC tot was crushed to death by a Transit Tipper in Wolverhampton yesterday afternoon.
The three-year-old boy was killed at 3.50pm on Keats Road in the West Midlands town and police are investigating the circumstances of the collision.
Locals today named the little lad as “MJ” as around 20 friends and family were standing vigil for the three-year-old boy outside his home.
His dad, who did not give his name, said: “I’m sorry, I don’t have any words right now.”
Loved ones and neighbours came to lay flowers, teddy bears and balloons where he was hit.
Phil, 57, a grandfather visiting family on the residential street said: “I came here last night to visit somebody, then I heard the tragic news and circumstances.
“It broke my heart, I was absolutely devastated.
“I know how they feel because the same thing happened to my own grandson in 2007 so I’m gutted for the family.
“My grandson was only 21-months-old when my daughters boyfriend at the time accidentally ran him over with a transit van.
“It’s made me feel so sick inside.
“Some people will never have anything like this happen to them, but when it happens to yourself it’s terrible.”
The driver of the vehicle was “very shaken”, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.
A spokesman described the incident at around 3.40pm as “horrible”, adding that the air ambulance was stood down shortly after the first emergency vehicle arrived on the scene because the little boy could not be saved.
In a statement he said: “When the first ambulance arrived, a few minutes later, they advised that sadly there was nothing that could be done to save the child and to stand the aircraft down.
“He was confirmed dead on scene.
“The lorry driver was assessed by ambulance staff at the scene but there were no injuries other than being very shaken.
“After such a tragic case, all of our crews who attended the scene were taken off duty so that a critical incident debrief could be carried out.
“Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this horrible incident.”
A West Midlands Spokesman said: “Sadly, a three-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Specialist officers from our Family Liaison Unit are now supporting the family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time.”
Any witness should contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101.