The parents of seven-year-old boy Karl Doran, who died at Beamish Museum on Sunday, have paid tribute to him.
– Phil Doran and Karen Bolam
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the messages of condolence we’ve received since our much-loved little boy died on Sunday. We want to thank everyone for their kind words. Karl enjoyed martial arts, swimming and cycling but was never happier than when he was at Beamish. We take some small comfort from knowing that he died doing something he loved. He will be missed forever.”
An online appeal has been launched to raise funds for a memorial for a seven-year-old boy who was killed in a tragic accident at a County Durham museum.
Karl Doran, from Darlington, died after allegedly falling from a steam engine that was being driven by his father at the Beamish Museum, on July 25. Both Philip Doran, and his son Karl, were volunteers at the museum.
It's hoped the Just Giving appeal will raise around £500, which would be used to fund a memorial for the youngster. Organisers have almost met that target already.
In a statement, Beamish Museum said: "The fund set up to raise funds in Karl’s memory is a very touching gesture.
"It is very early days and we are in close contact with the Doran family about how they would like any money which is donated to be used."
An inquest into Karl's death is expected to be opened and adjourned at Crook coroner's court, County Durham today. The investigation into the tragedy is being carried out by Durham Police and the Health and Safety Executive.
The boy who died after an accident at Beamish Open Air Museum has been named as Karl Doran.
Karl, seven, died after an incident with steam traction engine and a trailer.
The engine was being driven by Karl's father Phillip, 41.
Karl lived with his parents in Darlington.
A post mortem examination carried out last night showed that he died from head injuries.
DCI Victoria Fuller, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are treating this as a tragic incident and are working with our colleagues at 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 tran which passed the traction engine around the time of the incident which occurred at around 3pm [on Sunday July 22]."
Karl and his father were both steam enthusiasts and were frequent volunteers at Beamish.
Richard Evans, museum director, said: "We continue to support the joint investigation and offer our deep condolences to Karl's father."
Beamish Museum is opening despite the incident in which a child died. The museum closed immediately after it happened on Sunday afternoon but said it would disappoint visitors if it did not open again today.
– Statement from Beamish Museum
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.
A visitor has described how paramedics desperately tried to bring the boy back to life.
Cllr Carl Marshall said: "I was visiting the museum with the family. We were in the events field. We noticed an incident."
"There was what appeared to be a child. There were Beamish vehicles on scene. The paramedic arrived and started to work on the casualty. Within a couple of minutes things got more frantic. A defibrillator came out."
"The after a couple more minutes they walked away and a blanket came out."
"It's a tragic event and it has rocked this community."
Durham Police have confirmed that a young child has been killed in a tragic accident at Beamish Museum in County Durham.
Emergency services are at the scene and the park has been evacuated.
There are reports that the child was a young boy.