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.
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor, Venus Genetrix; on this day in 1933, FBI agents in Memphis, Tennessee, arrest Machine Gun Kelly; Yves Rossi flies the English Channel with home-made jet-pack.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1852, Henri Giffard demonstrates the first steam-powered airship, sailing 17 miles from Paris to Trappes; on this day in 1877, Japanese imperial troops crush the Satsuma Rebellion, Saigo Takamori dies in Kagoshima.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: U.S. Rep. Peter Welch meets with Killington business owners, governor candidates debate, Gov. Shumlin discusses progress in anti-opiate campaign, Spanos trial venue moves to White River Junction.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1776, as Nathan Hale is hanged by British military authorities for spying, he utters his famous last words — or does he? In 1975, Sara Jane Moore attempts to kill President Gerald R. Ford in San Francisco.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Patrick McArdle reports and the theft of an $89,000 shotgun, police release a video of the Monday Castleton robbery, O'Gorman reports a lawsuit by a local man claiming his vehicle unlawfully seized, police leave him in cold.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Giles Corey of Salem, Mass., is pressed to death during the Salem witch trials; on this day in 1952, film comedian Charlie Chaplin, while traveling to England, is denied re-entry into the United States by U.S. attorney general.