A boy has been killed after an industrial bin was emptied while he was asleep inside.
Three boys aged 11, 12 and 13 were allegedly asleep inside the bin in a carpark next to a McDonald's drive-thru in Port Lincoln, South Australia, about 5.20am when a garbage truck came to collect it.
South Australia Police said one of the boys managed to jump out but the 13-year-old tragically sustained serious injuries and died at the scene.
A third boy escaped uninjured.
Police said the truck driver collecting the rubbish was unaware there were three boys inside and is said to be "extremely shaken" by the incident.
Mayor of Port Lincoln, Brad Flaherty, told the ABC the tragic news will affect the community.
"It's a terrible, terrible incident that will have an awful impact on the community as a whole and the families involved," he said.
South Australian MP Nat Cook wrote on Twitter: "What an absolute tragedy."
The carpark between the Repco store and McDonald's drive-thru has been cordoned off with an orange sheet.
The garbage truck remains on the scene.
Safe Work SA have been advised of the incident and police are preparing a report for the coroner.
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