Bin death horror: Tragedy as garbage truck collects a bin with three young kids inside – killing a 13-year-old boy as 11 and 12-year-olds miraculously jump to safety
- Three boys, 11, 12, and 13 fell asleep in an industrial bin near a McDonald’s
- The 13-year-old was critically injured and died when the garbage was collected
- Another boy managed to jump out of the bin and the third was not injured
A 13-year-old boy who fell asleep in an industrial bin near a McDonald’s restaurant alongside two other boys, aged 11 and 12, was killed when the bin was emptied.
The children were inside the dumpster on Liverpool Street in Port Lincoln, west of Adelaide in South Australia, when it was collected by a garbage truck at 5.20am on Tuesday.
One boy managed to jump out, but the 13-year-old had extensive injuries and died on the scene.
The third boy was not injured.
Pictured: The scene where a boy died and another was seriously injured after they fell asleep in a bin, which was then collected by a garbage truck
Pictured: The scene where a boy died after he was found sleeping in a bin near a McDonald’s drive-thru with two others
Police do not believe the truck driver knew the children, who are from Port Lincoln, were in the bin at the time.
They said the driver is ‘extremely shaken by the incident’.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.
A spokeswoman for SafeWork SA told Daily Mail Australia that inspectors have attended the site and are making enquiries.
‘SafeWork SA offers condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at this distressing and sad time,’ she said.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted McDonald’s for comment.
The grizzly scene unfolded in Port Lincoln – a small coastal town west of Adelaide in South Australia
Adelaide MP Nat Cook said the situation was an ‘absolute tragedy’ on Twitter.
Port Lincoln Mayor Brad Flaherty described the accident as a tragedy.
‘It’s a terrible, terrible incident that will have an awful impact on the community as a whole and the families involved,’ he said in a statement to the local community.
‘Our heartfelt thoughts are with the families and community members affected.’
Staff and students at the local school the boy attended are mourning his tragic death.
Rowena Fox, the education director for the Eyre Peninsula said the event had ‘deeply affected’ the school and community.
‘The immediate priority is arranging counselling and psychological support,’ she said.
‘Local schools are actively monitoring students and will arrange direct wellbeing support for individuals and in groups where necessary.
‘This is very upsetting news and children will likely process it in different ways.’