3 Bountiful children expected to survive following separate accidents

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BOUNTIFUL -- Three tragic accidents left three children hospitalized, and all of them happened within hours of each other in Bountiful Tuesday.

The last we heard, each child was in critical condition at Primary Children's Medical Center.

The first child was hurt Tuesday night around 5:00. Police say a 2-and-a-half-year-old-boy was playing on a swing set at his aunt's home near 3200 South and 700 West when somehow a power line came down on top of the swing set.

Bountiful police Sgt. Gary Koehn said, "The original officer that arrived, he saw the little boy, he was laying in the backyard. The arcing power line had made kind of a semi-circle around him. Fire department arrived on scene about the same time and were able to extricate the little boy out of the danger area."

The boy was flown to Primary Children's Medical Center with severe burns on his shoulder and foot, where it's believed the current entered and exited his body.

Police say wind may have caused the line to come down.

The second Bountiful child hurt was a 1-year-old boy. Police believe the toddler was in the home near 900 East and 1200 North when he crawled out a side door of the house and into the driveway. His step-brother happened to be leaving at the time and didn't see the boy. The truck went over his head.

Bountiful Police Chief Tom Ross said, "We believe this to be an accident, and it's one of those things that unfortunately happened."

The last of the three children flown to Primary Children's Medical Center was a 3-year-old girl. Bountiful police say she was found at the bottom of a pool during a pool party around 9 p.m.

Emergency crews performed CPR until a medical helicopter arrived. The latest word is that they were able to get her breathing again.

Bountiful police say while all of the children are still critical condition, they are expected to survive.


Story compiled with contributions from Shara Park , Andrew Adams and Randall Jeppesen

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