Thursday, June 20, 2013

Virginia boy climbing school roof electrocuted after touching power lines

HERNDON, Va. June 20 2013  - Police have identified the 14-year-old boy who was killed after climbing on top of a elementary school in Herndon on Tuesday night as Bennett Rill of Oak Hill, Va.
Fairfax County Police said the four teens climbed onto the rooftop of Fox Mill Elementary School in Herndon, Virginia just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday. We're told they were on the back side of the school when a 14-year-old boy got tangled up in power lines there. A tweet that we read from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said he was dangling by that line 8 to 10 feet above the ground.
It is believed that the 14-year-old boy was electrocuted and was pronounced dead on the scene, a Fairfax County Police spokesperson said. Police say the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will make the final determination about the cause and manner of death.
"A couple younger kids were trying to climb on top of the school, and when you climb on top of the school there are like wires, people say there are like, wires to the side and they touched them, and one kid like got caught in them, and then he got electrocuted and his friends were trying to help him down, so they got electrocuted too. And then one kid was flown out, and the other two were taken away in ambulances," said a boy at the scene.
Two 14-year-old boys and one 15-year-old boy were taken to Fairfax INOVA Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, say police.
There does not appear to have been an attempt to enter the school, say police.
It looks like the power lines run from two temporary classroom trailers that you can gain access to through an alley near John Milton Drive. Crews are trying to secure the area in the back of the school, so no other children climb onto the roof.
We are told the school will be sending a letter home to parents.

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