Boy, 7, dies in museum engine accident

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy has died at an open-air museum after suffering head injuries in an accident involving a steam-powered traction engine.

Durham Constabulary said the youngster was pronounced dead at the scene of the tragedy at the Beamish Museum, which was evacuated.

A police spokeswoman said the driver of the engine had been taken to hospital suffering from shock after the incident, which happened shortly before 3pm.

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Durham Constabulary said officers were alerted by the ambulance service and were conducting a joint inquiry with the Health and Safety Executive.

Insp Steve Dowdle 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 

The museum’s director, 
Richard Evans, issued a statement through police.

“We are naturally shocked and our thoughts are with 
the boy’s family at this time,” he said.