Police Say Lightning Not a Factor in Downtown Accident

An 11-year-old Salina girl is hospitalized after suffering an electrical shock in Downtown Salina Wednesday evening.

Police Lt. Scott Siemsen tells KSAL News that she was found on top of electrical junction boxes near Campbell Plaza.

“There are two electrical junction boxes that are in the ground and they are covered by a metal plate that is flush with the ground,” he said.

“And the victim was found on top of the metal.”

Police say the girl, along with a group of 4 other children were playing in rain puddles in the 100 block of S. Santa Fe during Wednesday’s thunderstorm when they were hurt at about 6:45pm.

The girl apparently came into contact with the junction box and fell on the ground.

Her friends tried to help, “The injures to the other children were because they were trying to help her,” Siemsen said. “And she was laying on the electrical box lid.”

Police say an adult was with the group, which included three girls and two boys.

EMS transported the girl to the hospital, Lt. Siemsen says the girl is currently in ICU at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita.

The other children were evaluated at Salina Regional Health Center.

Police say lighting did not play a role in the accident and investigators are still working to determine a cause.