Boy killed sleeping in bin after friends unable to alert garbage truck driver in time.

A 13-year-old Aboriginal kid was killed by a waste truck in South Australia early Tuesday after falling asleep in an industrial bin that was being emptied.

According to investigators, the driver of the vehicle was unaware that there was a youngster in the bin.

The youngster, along with two others aged 11 and 12, were sleeping in the trash when it was retrieved at 5:30 a.m. in Port Lincoln, according to officials.

SA teen killed in tragic incident involving garbage truck at Port Lincoln

A 13-year-old boy from South Australia has died after a garbage truck emptied an industrial bin he was sleeping in.

Posted by Sky News Australia on Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Superintendent Paul Bahr stated that as the bin was being removed, one of the lads leapt out. The other two, however, seem to have been pushed over with the bin when it was hauled up into the truck.

One of the lads survived and was somewhat unharmed. The second youngster, on the other hand, got severe wounds because of that tip and died at the site.

Superintendent Bahr described the incident as a “very horrific occurrence,” adding that by the time the truck driver was warned that there were individuals in the bin, it was too late to halt the skip dumping.

He went on to say that it was unknown why the boys were sleeping in the garbage at the time, and that “this is the first time” they were aware of it.

Port Lincoln, like any other town, has a homeless problem, and they do get rough sleepers from time to time, yet they are not aware of any youngsters sleeping rough.

SafeWork SA, a state organization responsible for workplace health and safety in South Australia, stated it is “investigating the event” and expressed sympathies to the boy’s loved ones.

The mayor of Port Lincoln, Brad Flaherty, issued a statement calling it an “extremely sad event” and said it will be difficult for the town to deal with.

He explained, it’s something they’ll have to deal with over the next few weeks. But, he believes that one of the things they need to do as a community is to help the families. They’ll simply be there for them.