Boy, seven, dies after falling off steam engine
Monday 23 July 2012
A seven-year-old boy died after falling from the trailer of a steam-powered traction engine at an open-air social history museum in County Durham yesterday.
The boy, who was yet to be named, was pronounced dead at the scene having suffered serious head injuries during the accident at around 3pm the Beamish Museum near Stanley. The driver of the machine was taken to hospital suffering from shock.
Inspector Steve Dowdle of Durham Constabulary said: "The engine driver will be spoken to by police at an appropriate time and is being treated as a witness. The identities of those involved are not being released, but it is understood that neither of them was a visitor to the museum.
"Detectives and road policing officers are at the scene to establish exactly what took place."
The police, who have appealed for witnesses after being called to the museum by the ambulance service, are carrying out a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive.
Beamish re-creates life in Britain during the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras in a colliery village restored as it would have looked in 1913 – complete with fully-operating vintage trams and buses, a drift mine and a working farm.
The museum's director, Richard Evans, said: "We are naturally shocked and our thoughts are with the boy's family at this time. We took an immediate decision to close the museum for the rest of the day as we support the joint investigation."
filmFilm producers sue Warner Bros for $75m over Hobbit films
sportNapoli 2 Arsenal 0: Gunners must now face either Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid or Barcelona in knock-out stages
Swedish stars ask fans for £195 pledges on crowd-funding website
voicesJust when you thought you could find a man, get married, and have a baby by the age of 35... it turns out you’re too late, says Grace Dent
musicAs Mariah Carey and Noddy Holder rake in the royalties from their classics, why there hasn't been a decent festive hit for 20 years?
theatreAuthor Daniel Rosenthal recalls the mishaps that almost brought the curtain down on the likes of John Gielgud and Diana Rigg
lifeAs the Royal Mail plans to phase out deliveries on two wheels, it's no wonder posties are in a spin
musicThe 21-year-old beat Ella Eyre and Chlöe Howl to win the honour
lifeFull of the joys and want to help your fellow man? December isn't the time to do it
techLuke Blackall reports on precision engineered prams and babygros that monitor your child 24-7
Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto
David Cameron explains selfie with Obama and Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Mandela Memorial
French café starts charging extra to rude customers
Krokodil in Mexico? Teenager hospitalised after 'injecting drug into her genitals'
Australia incest case: Filthy and severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 1 Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto
- 2 John McAfee's $100 'anti-NSA' device: 'this is coming and cannot be stopped'
- 3 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 4 Is Facebook making us forget? Study shows that taking pictures ruin memories
- 5 Australia incest case: Filthy and severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
£77099.84 - £96375.26 per annum + Bonus + Benefits : Harrington Starr: My clie...
£45000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus and Package: Harrington Starr: Trading appli...
£35000 - £38000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: C# .NET Developer (Win...
£60000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: Senior QA Engineer Tes...