‘Cheeky’ rugby participant, 9, crushed in family truck tragedy as heartbroken family pay tribute


A ‘CHEEKY’ rugby participant, 9, was horrifically crushed to demise in a truck tragedy as his heartbroken family paid tribute to their ‘pretty’ boy.

Tomos Rhys Bunford was a passenger in his father’s car when it reportedly slid off a monitor and down a steep topic.

Tomos Rhys Bunford was tragically killed by a farm truck on September 6Credit: WNS

He suffered lethal accidents on September 6 in Ferndale, near Pontypridd, South Wales.

Emergency firms rushed to the scene to attempt to save the gifted youthful rugby participant, nevertheless he was tragically pronounced lifeless.

His motive behind demise was blunt stress hurt to the chest.

An inquest opening at Pontypridd Coroner’s Court on Tuesday heard Tomos, of Ynyswybwl, had been hit by the auto in the countryside.

A police and Health and Safety Executive investigation into the fatality continues, and the inquest was adjourned until March 14, 2023.

Tributes have poured in for the “cheeky” nine-year-old after Welsh rugby golf tools held a minute’s silence sooner than their matches over the weekend.

Tomos’ beloved membership Pontypridd RFC said: “We are deeply saddened to be taught of the passing of Tomos Bunford who carried out for our U10s.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this awfully sad time.”

Family pal Melanie Facey created a fundraiser to assist {the teenager}’s heartbroken family, which has already raised over £7,000.

“Tomos sadly gained his beautiful angel wings which has left his family broken hearted,” she said.

“He was appreciated by many for his absolute cheekiness, massive character and loving coronary coronary heart!

“This tragic accident September 6, has left behind his Mam and Dad Louise and Rhys, his big brother Gethin 14 and his baby sister Clemmey, 9 months.

“As chances are you’ll take into consideration as a youthful family who’re self employed any donation the parents of our group make may very well be tremendously appreciated whereas they preserve at residence to assist each other by the approaching weeks.

“These donations will help towards funeral costs and relieve the family of any financial stress on top of an already horrific time.”


Tomos’s father Rhys was doing farm contracting work and took partner Louise, their nine-month-old baby Clemmie, and sons Gethin, 14, and Tomos, with him for a day journey.

A neighbouring farmer said: “When the auto went uncontrolled he managed to get his partner out by the door and cross the kid to her.

“The two boys climbed out nevertheless the youngest was hit by the water bowser they’d been towing.

“It’s a big and heavy bit of equipment with huge wheels, the poor boy didn’t stand a chance.”

The family runs a retailer from their small farm, selling meats, eggs and greens.

Hundreds of tributes had been paid to the farmer’s son, with native residents describing Tomas as a “little legend” with a wicked sense of humour.

Family pal Mair Davies said: “He was a kid like no other, you never knew what he was going to do next.”

A South Wales Police spokeswoman said: “We can affirm the demise of a nine-year-old boy following an incident involving a car on farmland in Ferndale.

“The boy’s family are currently being supported by specially trained officers.”

It’s the second tragedy involving kids and farm vehicles in Wales in a month.

Ianto Jenkins, three, was knocked over and killed by his father’s pick-up truck in Efailwen, Clynderwen, Pembrokeshire, in the start of August.

The nine-year-old rugby player was pronounced dead at the scene, an opening inquest heard
The nine-year-old rugby participant was pronounced lifeless on the scene, a spot inquest heardCredit: WNS

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