Teen rescued after 100-foot fall
LYNDEBOROUGH — A 17-year-old Lyndeborough boy was airlifted to a hospital after suffering broken bones and possible internal injuries when he fell about 100 feet from a cliff at the top of a quarry Tuesday night.
According to Lt. Rance Deware, officer in charge of the Lyndeborough Police Department, firefighters went to the Pike Quarry, which is in a remote location off Cram Hill Road, at about 8:15 p.m., after one of five boys who had entered the quarry called 911 and reported that his friend had fallen.
“It’s hard to get in,” Deware said on Wednesday. “We’d set up a command post on Cram Hill Road, but we weren’t sure where he was. The access road is from Wilton, near Pep Direct. We set up another command post over there in the quarry.”
Lyndeborough Fire Chief Rick McQuade said firefighters had a difficult time reaching the boy.
“The quarry has a series of ledges. He was on the top, and fell to a lower shelf, about 100 feet down,” McQuade said on Wednesday. “Our challenge was getting up to him from the bottom of the quarry. We had to go up and around the shelves.”
McQuade said firefighters went in through the main gate on the Wilton side of the quarry and it took about 25 minutes to reach the victim and carry him down to the bottom of the quarry, where a rescue helicopter landed.
Deware said the boy was airlifted to UMass Medical Center in Worcester.
“He had several broken bones and internal injuries,” Deware said.
Because the boy is a juvenile, police did not release his name. Deware said the hospital could provide no additional information on his injuries.
Deware said parents of all the boys were notified. None of the others were injured and they were released to their parents.
The accident is being investigated by Lyndeborough Police. Deware said the boys were clearly trespassing on private property.
“One of the kids said they got in through a hole in the fence,” he said.
The working quarry, which is owned by Pike Industries, is fenced with a locked gate. Deware said Pike officials were assisting with the investigation and were planning to check the perimeter fencing on Wednesday.
McQuade said firefighters from Lyndeborough, Wilton and Milford assisted with the rescue.
“I’d say we had 30 to 40 people there,” he said.
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