Four people at Lancaster High School hurt in electrical incident

Jul 1, 2013

Emergency crews responded to a call Monday afternoon at Lancaster High School after some people on the school's athletic field suffered electrical shocks. 

Lancaster High School field. Goal post with high tension lines above.
Credit WBFO News photo by Ashley Hassett

Lancaster Police confirmed that four males were hurt while they tried to move a goal post that hit high tension lines. Authorities say the post had been used this past weekend at a football kicking camp run by the Hammer Kicking Academy.

The injured include a 15-year old from Lancaster, a 17-year-old from Amherst, an 18-year-old from Lancaster and a 28-year-old coach from Getzville. Three were taken to ECMC, and the youngest male taken Women and Children's Hospital. Lancaster Superintendent Dr. Michael Vallely said there is still no word on their names or conditions at this time.

"At this time, details are unfolding about the nature and extent of the injuries of the persons involved. We are continuing to fully cooperate with the Lancaster Police and their investigation into the nature of the accident,” said Vallely.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted that County Emergency Services Unit and SMART team responded to the scene.

The incident knocked power out at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. NFTA spokesman Doug Hartmayer says the airport was shut down, but emergency generators kicked in almost immediately.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the individuals, families and friends of those impacted by this unfortunate incident," said Vallely.

The field will be closed at least through Tuesday afternoon. Vallely says the goal post had not been moved off the field since 1999. Officials are investigating why they were being moved Monday.