A teenage boy fell to his death on Sunday after the railing he was playing on inside the historic Queen Victoria Building shopping center gave way. He was believed to have been playing with it along with his younger sister when the unfortunate incident occurred.
A CCTV footage pulled from the establishment’s security cameras showed the boy had climbed onto a banister in the shopping center’s northern stairwell, near the Market Street end of the building. It looked like he planned to slide along it. But he lost his grip and the accident occurred. He fell 20 to 30 meters down, which is about the height of a four-storey building. He landed near the lift.
Eyewitness accounts said the boy was bleeding heavily when paramedics arrived. The boy was taken to Sydney Children’s Hospital. He died a short time later. Police said he suffered critical head and chest injuries.
“Obviously there was no crime committed here,” Fairfax Media quoted an unidentified NSW Police spokeswoman. It is a “heart-breaking accident.” She added the boy’s family is now being offered counseling.
The QVB immediately released a statement following the fatal accident. “The QVB extends sincere condolences to the victim’s family,” the statement said. “We are deeply saddened by this incident and will continue to work with the NSW Police Force on the matter.”
The boy is believed to have been on a shopping trip with his father and sister. “There was a lot of people around, you just have to be careful with where your children are,” one male witness told 9NEWS.