Boy injured at Springfield power stationMay 14,2013Staff Report
SPRINGFIELD -- A 12-year-old Springfield boy was airlifted to Boston on Tuesday afternoon after he was injured at an electrical sub-station on Merrill Street in downtown Springfield.
Springfield Police Chief Douglas Johnston said the boy was with some friends and climbed the fence at the substation, got onto some equipment and grabbed an electrical line.
The incident caused downtown Springfield and a large portion of the town to immediately lose power.
Dotty Schnure, spokeswoman for Green Mountain Power, said the boy was "conscious and moving" before he was taken to Springfield Hspital.
The fact the boy was still conscious is a good sign, she said. The nature of his injuries was not immediately announced.
Schnure said Green Mountain employees checked the substation and it was still locked and secure at the time of the incident. She said that GMP was also starting its own investigation.
"Our hearts go out to the boy's family and we are wishing for the best outcome," she said.
Exactly how the boy made contact with the electrical wire is unknown, but Schnure said Springfield Police were
talking to the boy's companions to learn what happened.
The boy was first taken to Springfield Hospital, where he was picked up by the DHART helicopter for the airlift to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
The incident happened just after 4 p.m., and the incident knocked out power to more than 2,000 Green Mountain Power customers in Springfield, Chester, Rockingham, Weathersfield, Athens and Grafton.
Schnure said the South Street substation, as it is known, serves a large number of people in the area.MORE IN This Just InPITTSFORD – The Select Board meets tonight at 6:30 to hear a presentation by Green Lantern... Full StoryTODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Flood watch in effect for Rutland County, developing El Nino shaping up to be extreme this year, Don DeLillo on the season's warming trend and Veena catches digital sniffles, all in today's minute. 0Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible... Full Story
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