Child who died at Beamish named

Durham Police have named a child who died at Beamish Museum as Karl Doran, aged 7, from Darlington. He died of a head injury after being involved in an incident with a steam traction engine and trailer which was being driven by his father, Phillip Doran.

Both were volunteers at the museum and steam enthusiasts. Mr Doran was taken to hospital suffering from shock immediately after it happened on Sunday afternoon.

The museum has reopened on Monday, the day after the incident, but all road steam vehicles have been suspended. Richard Evans, the museum director, said today: “We continue to support the joint investigation and offer our deep condolences to Karl’s family.”

A joint investigation has been launched into what happened by Durham Police and the Health and Safety Executive. The police say they want to hear from witnesses.

Detective Chief Inspector Victoria Fuller, who is leading the investigation, said:

We are treating this as a tragic incident and are working with our colleagues in the Health and Safety Executive to establish the exact circumstances.

“We have already spoken to a number of witnesses but need to speak to some key people who may have been on a bus or tram which passed the traction engine around the time of the incident which occurred at around 3pm.”

– Durham Police