Benson child rushed from accident sceneBy Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | June 30,2012Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
Rutland City Police shut down South Main Street as an ambulance is escorted to Rutland Regional Medical Center with a child who was fatally injured in Benson.A 10-year-old Castleton boy was killed Friday when a lawnmower overturned on him in Benson, according to Vermont State Police.
Police did not release the name of the boy, but said he was on Lake Road mowing a field for a family friend at around 12:30 p.m. when he lost control of the mower. Police said he was trapped beneath the mower, and troopers arrived on the scene to find rescue workers performing CPR on him.
The boy was rushed to Rutland Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 2 p.m., according to police.
Police said Friday night that no additional information was available as the incident was still under investigation.
Police in Rutland closed a number of streets to clear the ambulance’s way to the hospital.
Sgt. John Sly of the Rutland City Police Department said the eastbound portion of Route 4 was closed from the railroad tracks to the intersection with South Main Street. He added that all lanes of South Main were closed to Allen Street and that Allen was closed as far as the hospital.
The Rutland County Sheriff’s Department aided with the closures. Roads were reopened as the ambulance passed.
“This is very, very rare,” Sly said of the road closures. “In this particular case they had a 10-year-old that was in critical status and every second counted. Rather than try to lead an ambulance through traffic, we chose to clear away the traffic. ... Everybody did what we asked them to. South Main up to Allen, everyone was very patient, understood the need.”
Benson First Response and Fair Haven Rescue also assisted in the call.
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