11/23/2015 10:59 EST | Updated 11/23/2015 11:59 EST

Alberta Boy Dies After Driving Forklift On Family Farm

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UK, Kent, forklift at work in field at harvest time, moving bales of straw

KILLAM, Alta. — A ten-year-old boy has died while driving a forklift in Alberta.

RCMP say it happened Saturday morning on his family's farm near Killam, southeast of Edmonton.

They say it appears the machine became unstable while the boy was driving it on a gravel road, and that it went into a ditch and tipped over.

Police say witnesses were nearby and performed first aid, but the boy suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

RCMP aren't releasing the name of the child or the farm.

Police say family members told them the boy had operated the forklift before and was familiar with its operation.

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