Boy, 13, crushed to death by rubbish truck after he and two pals slept in bin

A 13-year-old schoolboy has been crushed to death by a rubbish lorry after he and two pals fell asleep in an industrial bin in Australia.

An 11-year-old boy suffered serious injuries when the truck began emptying the container while the third boy, 12, managed to escape unharmed and alert the driver.

The tragedy happened at 5.20am local time on Tuesday in Port Lincoln on South Australia's west coast, the Mail Online reports.

Superintendent Paul Bahr told reporters that afternoon that the surviving boys are "traumatised" and that it will take time to get a detailed version of events from them.

He said detectives will be investigating as to why the children were sleeping in the bin but claimed they were not homeless, adding: "Just one of the levels of tragedy to this is why these three children thought they needed to be sleeping in the bin.

"I think it's fair to say the boys had somewhere to stay. I don't think it would be fair to classify them as homeless."

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The truck driver did not realise the children, who are from Port Lincoln, were in the bin at the time and was said to be "extremely shaken by the incident".

Port Lincoln Mayor Brad Flaherty described the accident as a tragedy. He said: "It's a terrible, terrible incident that will have an awful impact on the community as a whole and the families involved.

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"Our heartfelt thoughts are with the families and community members affected."

Staff and students at the local school the boy attended have been offered counselling in the wake of his 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."

A spokeswoman for SafeWork SA told Daily Mail Australia that inspectors have attended the site and are making enquiries.

She said: "SafeWork SA offers condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues at this distressing and sad time."

A spokesperson for Veolia Waste Management, the truck driver's company, offered condolences to the boy's loved ones.

"While we are unable to comment further on the circumstances at present, we are working closely with the emergency services and a full investigation into the incident is underway," they said.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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