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Tributes for boy killed in truck crash

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Relatives of a four-year-old boy who died after being struck by a garbage truck in northern Tasmania say he was the greatest gift of all.

Bronson Williams was riding his bike on the street outside his home when he collided with the vehicle on Wednesday around midday.

"We had just taken him to school to get his new clothes he had tried them on just 30 minutes before the horrible accident took place," a relative posted on Facebook.

"He was so excited to start big school with his brother and sister. Bronson was very smart and had a bubbly personality and was loved very much by his siblings."

Police investigations into the circumstances around the crash are ongoing.

His family has launched an appeal to help pay for the costs of Bronson's funeral.

"Of all the special gifts of life, however great or small, to have you as our son, was the greatest gift of all," his mother wrote on Facebook.

"A special time, a special face, a Special Son, we can't replace."

Tasmanian Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the state government would help provide counselling to people affected.

"I could not think of a greater tragedy. Our heart goes out to his loved ones," he told reporters.

Tasmania Police Inspector Ruth Orr, who attended the scene, said it was one of the most distressing she had encountered in 25 years on the job.

There were several witnesses to the crash, police say.

© AAP 2021