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Child shocked at Springfield substation

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Chief Doug Johnston Chief Doug Johnston

A Vermont boy is in a Boston hospital after suffering an electrical shock at a substation in Springfield.

Police say the 12-year-old boy climbed over an 8-foot fence topped with barbed wire, and once inside, he grabbed an electrical line.

Police say the boy had visible burn marks, but was conscious and moving at the scene.

They are still trying to determine why he went into the dangerous, high-voltage area.

"I don't know. We don't have the answers to that right now," Springfield Police Chief Doug Johnston said. "He was the only child that climbed up over the fence. There was barbed wire on top of the fence, to get inside the compound. Once he got inside the compound, he started climbing up on the framework of the substation where he ended up reaching up and grabbing a wire."

The chief says other children were playing outside the fence. They called for help. The injured boy was airlifted to Mass General in Boston. Police have not released his name and we do not have any additional information about his condition.

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