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Seven-year-old child killed in accident at Beamish Museum

Police at Beamish Museum Photo: ITV

A seven year old boy has died in an incident with a steam traction engine and a trailer at Beamish Museum, on the first weekend of the summer holidays.

They say it appears that he suffered serious head injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Lucy Taylor reports from the Museum.

Beamish Museum has reopened on Monday, the day after the incident. In a statement, the museum said visitors would be disappointed if the museum did not open:

The safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. The decision to open today was taken after consultation with Durham Police and the Health and Safety Executive.

This tragic accident involved a steam roller and all road steam has been suspended until completion of the investigation.

The Museum is aware of many people planning to travel a long distance to visit today and felt it should open so as not to disappoint these people.

Our thoughts remain with the family, and we thank everyone for their kind words.

– Statement from Beamish Museum

Police were called to the Museum by the Ambulance Service.

We got a call at 14.48 for a young child who had been hit by a kind of steam roller type vehicle, a traction engine. The crew attended and unfortunately it was a fatal incident. I believe the child was hit by a trailer at the back of the vehicle. There was nothing paramedics could have done at the scene. On this occasion we could not help the child.

– North East Ambulance Service

The engine driver has been taken to hospital and is being treated for shock. Police say they will question him as a witness at an appropriate time.

The identities of those involved has not been released but neither of them were visitors to the Museum.

Police Detectives and the Health and Safety Executive are at the scene and have mounted a joint investigation. They are seeking more witnesses to the incident.

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