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South Australian boy killed as industrial bin he was sleeping in emptied into garbage truck

A 13-year-old South Australian boy has died after he sustained serious injuries when an industrial bin he was sleeping in was emptied. 

Three boys, aged 11, 12 and 13, were asleep in the bin in Port Lincoln early on Tuesday when it was emptied, SA police say.

One of the boys jumped clear and another was not injured.

The 13-year-old sustained serious injuries and died at the scene.

It is understood the truck driver was not aware the boys were in the bin and is extremely shaken by the incident.

The bin was near a McDonald’s restaurant and a Repco store.

South Australian Labor MP Tom Koutsantonis described the incident as “heartbreaking”.

Safe Work SA said it offered condolences to the boy’s family, friends and colleagues “at this distressing and sad time”.

“SafeWork SA inspectors have attended the site and we are currently making enquiries into the incident,” it said in a statement.

Police are preparing a report for the coroner.



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