Child killed in lift accident at Sydney school

A young boy has been killed after being found trapped under a lift at a Sydney school for children with disabilities.

Claire Halliday
Claire Halliday

A tragic accident at a Sydney school for children with disabilities has left one child dead after the boy was trapped under a lift.

Emergency services attended St Lucy’s School on Cleveland Street, Wahroonga, on Sydney’s upper-north shore, around 2pm today after reports of a seriously injured child.

“Officers attached to Kuring-Gai Police Area Command arrived to find a 10-year-old boy trapped under a lift,” a police statement said.

St Lucy’s is an independent Catholic Special School that is part of the Mission of Dominican Education Australia and caters to students with a range of disabilities, including sensory impairments, autism, and mild to severe intellectual disability.

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Although Fire and Rescue NSW attempted to remove the boy, he died at the scene.

A statement from the school said it would be closed to students until further notice.

“St Lucy’s is very sad to confirm the tragic death of one of our students this afternoon. We ask for privacy and space for our staff and families to grieve at this difficult time as we remember our beautiful student.”

A NSW Police spokesperson says a report will be prepared for the coroner.

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Claire Halliday has an extensive career as a full-time writer - across book publishing, copywriting, podcasting and feature journalism - for more than 25 years. She lives in Melbourne with children, two border collies and a grumpy Burmese cat. Contact: claire.halliday[at]