Garbage truck crash kills boy in Tasmania

Ethan JamesAAP
Police say several people witnessed the truck crash which killed a young boy on a pushbike.
Camera IconPolice say several people witnessed the truck crash which killed a young boy on a pushbike.

A four-year-old boy has died after being struck by a garbage truck while riding his bike outside his suburban home in northern Tasmania.

Emergency services were alerted to the crash in the Launceston suburb of Newnham around 12.15pm on Wednesday.

The boy, who lived in the street, died at the scene, police say.

"We're unclear as to how this tragic circumstance has happened," Tasmania Police Inspector Ruth Orr told reporters.

"The boy has collided, or been collected, by the front of the rubbish truck."

Members of the boy's family, including his mum, were home at the time, Insp Orr said.

Police will speak to the truck driver and examine footage captured by a camera on the vehicle.

"The driver of the truck was exceptionally shaken up and I suggest in shock," Insp Orr said.

"This is the most confronting (scene) that I've attended in 25 years."

There were several witnesses to the crash, police say.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and workplace health and safety authorities are involved in ongoing investigations.

The street was closed for several hours.

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