Child crushed to death after fall from SUV

A four-year-old boy died in the canton of Aargau on Thursday after falling out of a Landrover sport utility vehicle (SUV) and being crushed by a car following behind.

Child crushed to death after fall from SUV
View of Spreitenbach, where the fatal accident occurred. Photo:Wikimedia Commons

The incident occurred shortly after 6pm in an industrial estate in Spreitenbach, the Aargauer Zeitung reported.

For reasons not immediately known, the child fell out of the black Landrover in a roundabout, according to initial information, the newspaper reported online.

The driver of a car following behind was unable to avoid running over the boy.

Suffering serious injuries, the child died on the spot, Roland Pfister, a spokesman for the Aargau cantonal police told 20 Minuten online.

Ambulance attendants and a team from the Rega emergency services attempted in vain to revive the child.

The Landrover was driven by the boy’s father, a 29-year-old Swiss man, who suffered from shock and was taken by firefighters for counselling.

The local prosecutor has opened an investigation to determine the exact causes of the tragedy.

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Chinese firm charged over Swiss baby formula

The Chinese partner of Hero Group, a major Swiss baby formula manufacturer, has been accused of adulterating Hero's production and a senior official has been detained, China's state media said on Thursday.

Chinese firm charged over Swiss baby formula

State broadcaster CCTV said the Xile Lier company had been mixing out-of-date formula with supplies imported under its partnership agreement with Hero.

It said the Chinese firm's "legal representative" had been held for unspecified "criminal activities".
It is the latest food safety scandal to hit China.

Baby formula is a particularly sensitive product after at least six babies died and another 300,000 became ill in 2008 from drinking milk tainted with the toxic chemical compound melamine.
Demand for imported baby milk has soared as a result, even leading to stock 
shortages in supermarkets abroad as Chinese buyers snap up the products in bulk and ship them back for family or re-sale.
Hong Kong last month imposed limits on travellers' formula exports to China.

CCTV said government investigators had accused Xile Lier of illegal 
practices including mixing imported formula with out-of-date product, changing sell-by dates on packaging, and re-labelling formula for older babies as more expensive milk for younger children.
Authorities in Suzhou in the eastern province of Jiangsu, where Xile Lier 
is based, told AFP they shut down production lines at the firm in November after a whistle-blower's report.
"We've handed over the case to the police," said an official surnamed Liu 
at the Suzhou Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision, adding he could not provide further details.
But the products, which are sold under the Hero Nutradefence label, have 
remained widely available in Chinese shops.
Xile Lier's outlet on, a major Chinese Internet marketplace, was offline Thursday, and none of its baby milk products were available on its main store on Tmall, another e-commerce site.
No Xile Lier officials could be reached for comment.

Police in Suzhou referred inquiries to the city's party propaganda 
department, which referred AFP to the industrial zone where the company is based.

It said it would issue a statement "soon".
Hero, headquartered in Lenzburg in the Swiss canton of Aargau, is privately 
owned and has a turnover of almost $1.5 billion, according to its website.
It did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday.