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911 caller: Teen 'got shocked', fell from Durham electrical tower

Posted January 30, 2012

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— A 14-year-old boy who died Saturday while climbing an electrical tower in Durham touched "a thing" at the top of the tower, got shocked and fell, his friend told a 911 dispatcher.

The 911 caller and another boy were with Blake Hubbard, a ninth-grader at Trinity School, when he died. The boys were in the woods near the dead-end on King Charles Road when they came across a "path of electrical things" near Jordan High School, the caller said.

Hubbard climbed the tower, which is marked with a sign reading, "Danger. Keep Away. High Voltage."

The caller told 911 that Hubbard got shocked and fell from the tower, landing flat on his back underneath it.

"I think he might be dead. Hurry," the caller said.

The dispatcher told the caller to send the other boy to the roadway to flag down emergency workers and lead them to Hubbard. The caller said he wasn't sure if Hubbard was conscious, but that he didn't think he was breathing.

Police have said that the cause of death is still under investigation, but they believe it was accidental.


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  • robertsmason1999 Jan 31, 2012

    if you want to know the truth, then i will tell you. after all i did know this guy. he and his friends were having a paper airplanes contest and he decided to climb up the tower. his friends said they did not see the warning sign and didnt even plan on climbing any towers. they were just playing in the woods. all of my prayers go to patty and jeff hubbard.

  • smashedglass Jan 31, 2012

    Prayers for the family.

  • doggone Jan 31, 2012

    I wish we didn't have people stating the obvious about reading the warning signs. Of course that's the case. I guess those of you pointing fingers so smugly were never 14 and were born with adult judgment and maturity. Show a little sympathy and empathy for the family of the boy as well as the other two boys who had to witness this tragedy at way too young an age. Our prayers go out to those for this terribly sad loss.

  • dc2000hd Jan 31, 2012

    As we were all growing up in our own time, Im sure there were things we all did, and that we knew better, seems that having things that warn us or someone telling us when we were young not to do, we just had to try it out, just to see for ourselves. Sometimes the outcome is tragic. God Bless this Family and his Friends.

  • fayncmike Jan 31, 2012

    "It was his own fault he new not to climb the tower Read the dang signs

    Your poor mother must have had a terribly hard time having you since, from your empathy it's obvious that you were born a fully developed adult.

  • killing_me_softly Jan 31, 2012

    As sad as this is, the truth of the matter still remains. Stop trying to do things you know you have no business doing. Come on now.

  • buford Jan 31, 2012

    @courtneyd137...really? Have some empathy...

  • Life-goes-on. Jan 31, 2012

    This is a tragedy that only parents who have lost children can understand. No amount of blame or second guessing will make this right and the family of this boy will morn him for the rest of their lives. No holiday, birthday, vacation or even a weekend will ever be the same. Many many sleepless nights and mornful days are ahead. My prayers go out to the family and those two boys who were with him.

  • lookn4spac Jan 31, 2012

    Prayers go out to all the families involved in this tragedy. I cannot even begin to comprehend the pain for the family of this poor boy. However, I also believe that the boys who were there and saw this, as well as the families of those boys, are hurting today, as well. Peace and prayers to all.

  • albertleon7 Jan 31, 2012

    Peace to the family