Australian teen dies after bin he was asleep in was emptied into truck

The scene is cordoned off.
The scene is cordoned off. Photo credit: 7 News

A 13-year-old Australian boy has died after the industrial bin he was asleep in was emptied into a garbage truck.

The boy was reportedly asleep in the bin in Port Lincoln, Adelaide with two other children - an 11-year-old and a 12-year-old. 

At around 5.30am on Tuesday a truck driver emptied the bin.

Police say one of the boys managed to jump out, and the other was not injured but the 13-year-old was seriously injured and died at the scene.

A spokesperson said in a statement the death is "tragic" and police are preparing a report for the coroner.

"It is believed the truck driver was unaware the boys were in the bin at the time and is extremely shaken by the incident."

All three children were locals to Port Lincoln, said police.

Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty told The Sydney Morning Herald the incident had "deeply saddened" the community. 

"This is devastating news for our community and those families and friends who are directly impacted by the incident. Our heartfelt thoughts are with the families and community members affected."