Monday, July 25, 2005

Four Boy Scout Leaders Die in Va. Accident

Bad news. The details haven't been released, other than four BSA leaders were killed in an electrical accident of some sort on the opening day of the Jamboree. Another leader and a contract worker are hospitalized.

UPDATE: 7:30 p.m. - I see the above link has been updated at the Washington Post. The leaders were from Alaska, specifically Anchorage Troop 711. The accident happened while they were setting up camp. No kids got injured, it sounds like.

UPDATE: The above link is to the AP story being carried at the Washington Post. This is to an article by Washington Post staff writers Karin Brulliard and Martin Weil with more detail than AP has (at least as of 10:30 p.m. Pacific time) and a photo of the accident scene. It is looking like these guys were setting up a tent - and the pole hit an overhead powerline. This article says that three people (instead of the earlier reported two) were injured in addition to the four killed; and that two of those killed and the injured scout leader had children attending the jamboree. Oh, man, this must be hard on the families, going from what is usually a highlight of a guy's life to a nightmare like this.

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