An Aboriginal boy has died in South Australia after the skip bin he was sleeping was emptied on Tuesday morning.

Three boys, aged 11, 12 and 13-years-old, were allegedly sleeping in the bin when it was emptied at 5.20am on Tuesday morning. The bin was situated in a car park on Edinburgh Street, Port Lincoln.

The 13-year-old boy sustained serious injuries and while police and paramedics attempted to revive the boy, he died at the scene.

The 12-year-old boy managed to escape before the bin was moved and banged on the door of the rubbish truck in an attempt to stop the driver from lifting and emptying the bin. The 11-year-old boy was not injured.

In a statement, South Australia Police said it was believed the truck driver was unaware the young boys were in the bin at the time and is “extremely shaken by the incident”.

SA Police Superintendent Paul Bahr informed reporters about the incident.

“As the bin is being lifted, one of the boys has managed to scramble out. However the other two appear to have been tipped over with the bin as it’s been lifted up into the truck,” he said.

“From what I understand, the boy who managed to get out quite early started banging on the door of the cabin to alert the driver.

“We haven’t gone into great detail with the boys given their very young age and it will take some time to get that detail out.”

The two boys who survived the incident have been taken to hospital showing severe signs of distress.

The incident and circumstances surrounding why the boys were sleeping in the bin will be the subject of a coronial investigation.

“I think the background as to how they have ended up in this industrial bin and sleeping in this bin is really something that is going to take some time to understand,” Supt. Bahr said.

“The boys had somewhere to stay. They had beds they could sleep in.”

SafeWork SA have been advised and are investigating the incident.

By Rachael Knowles