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Man electrocuted trying to save NY child
SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) -- Officials say a good Samaritan was electrocuted trying to help a young child who had gone into a flooded street outside New York City that had live wires embedded in it.
A spokesman for the Rockland County Emergency Operations Center says the child is in serious condition at a hospital burn unit.
Spokesman Ron Levine says the youngster got caught in wires obscured in a flooded Spring Valley street Sunday afternoon. He says the child had to be taken by land with a police escort to the hospital because helicopters were grounded. It took 20 minutes to get the child there.
Levine says the child's father was treated for burns at another hospital and released. The victims' names were not released. Levine says the child was 4 or 5 years old.
Spring Valley is about 30 miles northwest of Manhattan.
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