Tributes have been paid to a 20 year-old woman who has died after suffering multiple injuries in a farm machinery accident at Dawlish.
The casualty, who has been named as Lauren Scott, and who came from the Exeter area, was confirmed dead at the scene by the emergency services.
Police and paramedics were alerted just before 1.30pm on Saturday about the tragedy at a farm off Secmaton Lane.
Five ambulance rapid response cars raced to the incident together with a land ambulance and the Devon Air Ambulance. But it was too late to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.
Friends immediately posted tributes on social media.
The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the tragedy as has the south Devon coroner Ian Arrow.
He is expected to open an inquest this week to take formal evidence of her identity.
It is understood Lauren, who worked part-time at Newton Abbot Racecourse, suffered multiple injuries caused by the accident involving a milling machine at the back of a tractor.
Police confirmed that Lauren was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no suspicious circumstances.
A police spokesman said: ‘We were called just before 1.30pm to a concern-of-welfare for a 20-year-old woman at a farm in Dawlish.
‘Emergency services attended the scene and a 20-year-old woman was found with fatal injuries.
‘An air ambulance attended, but the woman was pronounced deceased at the scene.’
He added: ‘We are treating this as non-suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.’
Lauren was a former student at Bicton College, and before that she attended Coombeshead Academy in Newton Abbot.
Following the tragic news, many of her friends posted tributes on social media.
Lauren’s former classmate and X-Factor star Luke Friend was among those who paid their respects.
Luke took to Facebook to mourn his friend.
His post read: ‘Such sad and shocking news about Lauren Scott.
‘She was such a wonderful and bubbly person at school and I still have a group graduation photo of me and her with our friends.
‘Young without a care in the world and she was so supportive with whatever passion people wanted to accomplish in their lives.
‘Thoughts go out to all those close to her and her family.’
Nearly 300 people reacted to the post with many adding tributes to the Newton Abbot Racecourse employee.
Another friend commented: ‘Such a tragic accident for our little town, thoughts go out to all her family – heartbreaking.’
‘I didn’t know Lauren well but it is so sad to hear someone so young and so much to give to be taken. Thoughts with family and friends,’ added Amy Smith.
One social media user said: ‘Absolutely heart-broken, one of my closest friends lost her life today from an accident on the farm.
‘I will miss you my darling and sleep tight.’
Another said: ‘You were the kindest person and bestest friend. You’ll always be in my heart gorgeous girl, love you always.’
Some of the most moving words were posted on Saturday: ‘Words can’t describe how heartbroken our family is today.
‘This afternoon we lost a truly incredible young lady. One in a million, full of life, kindest purest heart you would ever wish to meet in a lifetime.
‘Lauren would do anything for anyone and was a truly special person through and through.
‘...we will always love you and will carry you in our hearts forever.’