Boy killed in horror incident in garbage truck in Australia
Police at the scene of the serious incident involving a garbage truck in Port Lincoln. Photo / 10 News
A 13-year-old boy was killed in a horrific dump truck crash in Port Lincoln, South Australia.
Police said three boys, ages 11, 12 and 13, allegedly slept in an industrial bin early Tuesday morning when the bin was emptied.
Emergency services were called on Tuesday shortly after 5:20 a.m. at the Repco parking lot, next to a McDonald’s drive-thru on Liverpool Street.
A boy managed to escape, but the teenager was seriously injured and died at the scene.
The third boy was not injured in the accident.
A SA police statement says the truck driver was unaware that the boys were in the trash and is “extremely shaken” by the incident.
The three boys are from the Port Lincoln area.
Safe Work SA has been notified and the police will prepare a report for the coroner.
The Repco parking lot has been cordoned off as detectives process the scene.
Port Lincoln Mayor Brad Flaherty told ABC the accident was a “terrible and terrible incident that will have a terrible impact on the community as a whole and the families involved.”
Adelaide MP Nat Cook shared the news on Twitter, calling it “an absolute tragedy”, while Senator Justin Hanson wrote: “How could this have happened?”
Port Lincoln is on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, about a seven-hour drive from the Adelaide CBD, or 251 kilometers directly across the water.