Police: Friends used wood to save teen shocked by power line - KMSP-TV

Police: Friends used wood to save teen shocked by downed power line

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

Detroit police say a 14-year-old was injured after he touched a live electrical wire the morning after strong storms knocked down trees and power lines across the state.

Police say the boy was walking home with three friends from Burns Elementary that was closed due to power outages when the group came across a downed power line. The younger boys were able to get underneath it, but the 14-year-old tried to move the line out of the way.

Capt. Anthony Topps of Detroit police says when the boy touched the line, the friends grabbed a piece of wood and pried the electric wire from the boy's hand. He says if it weren't for the quick thinking of the friends, the teen's injuries could have been more severe.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from police in Fox 2's Alexis Wiley's report

The principal at Burns Elementary also came to the rescue when he saw what happened when he was in the process of putting orange cones around the area.

Emergency crews also responded and were able to transport the boy to Sinai Grace Hospital, where he was still listed in critical condition Monday. He has since been transferred to Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Tuesday afternoon he was still listed in critical condition.

Police are not yet releasing the victim's name or photograph.

Sunday's storms left more than 600,000 homes and businesses across the state without power.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:08 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:08:38 GMT
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap.
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap. Authorities also say they are now looking for a small motorcycle in addition to the gray, dented van seen in the area.
  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:38:55 GMT
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

    Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:05:54 GMT
    Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.
    Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices