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Dad ‘sorry’ after five-year-old son hit by truck

A heartbroken father who hit and killed his five-year-old son in a trucking yard on Friday has apologised to the boy’s siblings.“Sorry, that’s all I can say,” Doug Sproule said on Seven on Saturday.Claire Sproule, the sister of young victim Harrison, replied: “You don’t have to be sorry, it was an accident.”Mr Sproule, 38, was…

A heartbroken father who hit and killed his five-year-old son in a trucking yard on Friday has apologised to the boy’s siblings.

“Sorry, that’s all I can say,” Doug Sproule said on Seven on Saturday.

Claire Sproule, the sister of young victim Harrison, replied: “You don’t have to be sorry, it was an accident.”

Mr Sproule, 38, was reportedly parking his 100-tonne truck on Friday night, unaware his son was behind him.

Harrison, who was hit in a gap between two vehicles, was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Liverpool Hospital but died from his injuries.

The incident occurred at a trucking transport yard on Argyle St in Picton, southwest of Sydney, at around 5pm.

Bouquets of flowers were left on the fence outside on Saturday.

Mr Sproule described his son as a “very happy, mischievous” kid who loved the outdoors and his brothers and sister.

“I fix problems every day but I couldn’t fix this one,” he said.

“That’s my job, to protect them, and I failed on this one.”

Harrison, who started “big school” this year, had also loved riding in his father’s truck across the country.

“He used to love it because we’d stop and we’d pull over and we’d cook our own meals,” Mr Sproule told Nine.

In a photograph from preschool, shared with reporters today, the five-year-old had written that he wanted to be a truck driver when he grew up.

Claire Sproule said her brother was “special”.

“You don’t find a kid like that,” she said.

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