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Woman sleeping on beach crushed to death by tractor after driver ‘heard a bump’

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A sleeping beachgoer has died after she was crushed to death by a tractor, police have said.

The driver of the huge yellow Caterpillar wheel loader was removing pipes for a dredging project on Monday prior to the tragedy.

According to local reports, the driver only realised he had run the woman over when he felt a bump and looked behind him.

Police spokesman Tom Bussey told 10news: “The driver thought he hit a deep rut in the sand and went back to check and of course found the female he had run over.”

The woman, who was snoozing on a beach in Oceanside, California, was pronounced dead at the scene after she was driven over by the 50,000 pound tractor.

Police taped off the large yellow machine as they investigated, CNN reported.

A surfer told KGTV that he had seen the woman hours before the incident.

Jay Burneo said: “I think she was intoxicated. She did not look good.

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“The lady was leaning up against the wall – looked like she was holding herself up.

“I was concerned about her and we asked her if she was OK and she seemed OK.”

Local authorities have not named the victim but have said they believe she was homeless.

It has been reported that she was fully dressed and not in the usual beach attire.

Detectives said that she was without ID but believe she was in her 40s.

The driver is reported to work for a construction company in Seattle.

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