NEW VINEYARD — A 4-year-old local boy whose right leg was severed and the other seriously damaged in a bucket-loader accident Monday was in stable condition at Boston Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, a family friend said.

Adam Mattson of New Vineyard lost his right leg, family friend Jessica Harris of New Sharon said Wednesday. “The efforts to save the left are looking promising,” she said.

Adam is in the Intensive Care Unit in stable condition, she said. “That’s all the information I have for now, but it’s looking like a rainbow after the storm with a long journey ahead.”

Adam, who started pre-kindergarten this fall at Mallet School in Farmington, was with his grandfather Sam Kennedy at a family gravel pit on Anson Valley Road in New Vineyard on Monday. Kennedy did not realize the child had gotten partially under the bucket of a front-end loader. The bucket lost hydraulic pressure and came down on Adam’s legs, Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. said Tuesday.

Kennedy rushed Adam to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, from where he was flown to Boston.

The actions the grandfather took after the accident saved the child’s life, Nichols said.


People here and beyond are rallying around the family.

Harris set up a gofundme page on Monday following the accident to help Adam, Kennedy and grandmother Kim Mattson, both legal guardians, with expenses. The three live in New Vineyard.

As of about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, 50 people had donated a total of $2,120.

Harris, who operates Rudy Photography, is running a fundraiser on Facebook; any session booked with a $20 minimum fee/donation will be given to the family.

There are donation jars at Bouncing Baby Boutique in West Farmington and at Our Village Market on Route 27 in New Vineyard.

Those who want to send Halloween or get well cards or care packages with toys, books, snacks and others items may send them to: Adam Mattson, Boston Children’s Hospital, 7 South, Bedspace 26, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115, Harris said.


Food, cards, gas cards and anything helps in this situation, she said.

Adam visited Our Village Market in New Vineyard with his grandfather, Manager Sherry Hinkley of New Vineyard said.

“He liked lollipops,” she said.

Hinkley described Adam as a very busy, very active boy.

People have been leaving messages on the gofundme page telling the family they are thinking of them and praying for them.

Adam Mattson, 4, of New Vineyard is in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit in Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. (Rudy Photography Photo)

Adam Mattson, 4, of New Vineyard is in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. (Rudy Photography Photo)

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