Following this morning’s tragic accident where a boy died in an industrial garbage bin as it was being emptied in Port Lincoln, West Coast Youth and Community Support has spoken out.
Just after 5am this morning three boys aged 11, 12 and 13 were asleep in the bin while it was being emptied with the truck driver completely unaware they were in it.
One boy managed to jump out but sadly the 13-year-old sustained serious injuries and died at the scene. The third boy was not injured.
West Coast Youth and Community Support CEO Jo Clark says the boys were not homeless and have a big loving family who are understandably grieving today.
“All three young boys are frequent visitors here at WCYCS, they spend many times during the day here, our staff are understandably shaken, upset and very saddened.
“This boy wasn’t homeless, he was a young person, that like many young people, struggled to navigate young adulthood and find his place and for a variety of reasons he was sleeping out last night.
“Look, we have a very complex system and these young people were a part of that system, and they are quite young, it’s quite tragic that we had young people sleeping in bins in our community and I think we need to ask ourselves, is there more we can be doing.” Said Jo.
Investigations are continuing.