Boy killed by garbage truck while sleeping in bin next to McDonald's

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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. 

The boy died after he was hit by a garbage truck in a carpark next to a McDonald's. Source: Google Maps
The boy died after he was hit by a garbage truck in a carpark next to a McDonald's. Source: Google Maps

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. 

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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."

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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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