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Boy Struck By Falling Pole In Lodi Dies

Pole crushes 6-year-old

The far end of the 20-foot long pole that fell and landed on a 6-year-old boy in Lodi, N.J., on May 17, 2012. (Photo: CBS 2)

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LODI, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A Bergen County 6-year-old has died following a freak accident Thursday night.

Neighbors on Walnut Street said a rusted metal pole came crashing down on the boy, hitting him in the head and leaving him bleeding and unconscious on the grass, CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported.

Another boy was injured in the incident and is being treated at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Family and other neighbors were hysterical.

“Yeah, it’s like an accident. The pipe was all rotted out. They were pulling on it and it just came down,” neighbor Frank Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the boy and his friend were trying to hang a scooter and a bicycle from a clothesline attached to the pole when the weight of it sent the pole falling.

“They were hanging up their scooters and bikes on … I guess a clothesline or whatever they had going to it. They were pulling on the scooters and the rope and the pole came down on one of the kids.”

The clothesline and the pole remained behind, right where it all happened.

“Of course I feel bad because that little kid has been inside my house, too,” the woman said.

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