• Springfield boy transferred to Shriners Hospitals
     | May 16,2013
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    The South Street electrical substation was the scene of a mishap where a boy suffered severe burns after climbing the fence. He is expected to survive.

    SPRINGFIELD — A 12-year-old boy severely burned at a Green Mountain Power substation in Springfield was transferred to Shriners Hospitals for Children and is expected to survive.

    Ian Treadway was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital on Tuesday after he apparently climbed over an 8-foot fence at the South Street substation and touched electrified equipment. He suffered burns all over his body and has a long and difficult recovery ahead of him, according to Springfield Police Chief Douglas Johnston. The 46,000-volt substation is adjacent to a playground.

    Johnston said the boy’s parents, Kassandra and Jeffrey Hoisington, are staying in Boston. The boy’s grandmother told police he was in stable condition and that he had a “very peaceful night.”

    “He’s very fortunate,” Johnston said.

    Dorothy Schnure, spokeswoman for Green Mountain Power, said the South Street substation has two warning signs on each side of the enclosure, as well as on the equipment inside the enclosure.

    Two signs could be seen on the Clinton Street side of the substation: “Danger — High Voltage — Keep Out.”

    “We are worried about him and his family,” said Schnure, adding that GMP was conducting a complete investigation of the incident and working with Springfield Police.

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