Investigation Underway After Boy Dies At Museum

23 July 2012, 05:39

An investigation's been launched after a boy died at Beamish Museum in County Durham.

Emergency services were called to the open-air museum near Stanley at around 3pm on Sunday after a 7 year old boy suffered serious head injuries.

It's thought the accident involved a steam traction engine - the boy was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The engine driver was also taken by ambulance to University Hospital of North Durham suffering from shock.

A joint investigation between Durham Police and the Health and Safety Executive's now underway. 

Inspector Steve Dowdle from Durham police 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 were visitors to the museum."

Beamish was closed for the rest o the day on Sunday after the accident.

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