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Museum accident news – Young boy sadly died of head injury at museum

24th July 2012

The incident involved a steam-powered traction engine – one of the many historical vehicles which are driven around the open-air premises.

Following the fatal accident, visitors were evacuated and the museum was closed so that investigations into the events which lead to the incident could take place.

Durham Constabulary and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) were called to the scene.

A police inspector stated that the driver of the traction engine, who was taken to hospital suffering from shock after the accident, would be spoken to by the police but was being treated as a witness.

The inspector also added, “The identities of those involved are not being released, but it is understood that neither of them were visitors to the museum.”

A statement by the museum’s director stated that he and museum staff were ‘shocked’ by the tragic event and that their thoughts were with the boy’s family.

If investigations find that any parties are liable for the accident, the young boy’s family may choose to make a head injury claim for the loss of their loved one.

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