Teen suffers electric shock after climbing high voltage line in New Jersey

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Teen electroctued after climbing high voltage line
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AJ Ross has more on the teen's injuries from Metuchen.

METUCHEN, New Jersey (WABC) -- A teen fell 30 feet after climbing a high voltage line in New Jersey.

The 17-year-old boy is now fighting for his life at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. It is not clear the extent of his injuries, or his condition at the moment.

Police were first called to the train tracks behind St. Joseph's High School in Metuchen just after 5:30 Tuesday evening. The teen was reportedly climbing a steel railroad trestle when he somehow came in contact with the high voltage overhead lines.

The boy suffered electric shock and fell to the railroad tracks below. Paramedics treated the teen at the scene before transporting him to the hospital.

For now, the teen's name is being withheld, but police confirmed he's from Edison.

Metuchen police said Conrail stationed a person up on the tracks Wednesday to make sure no one goes up there.