Vestavia Hills School officials laud response to accident on athletic field

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electrocuted, 1 critically 9 / 9 Three Vestavia Hills High School students on the track team were injured this afternoon when they were moving a goal post and it struck a live wire Wednesday, March 9, 2016 (Tamika Moore/tmoore@al.com)

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — Vestavia Hills school officials are calling first responders, staff and students heroes for their response to an electrical accident on an athletic field.

School district spokesman Whit McGhee told a press conference Thursday that three members of the Vestavia Hills boys track team were injured when a portable goalpost they were moving off the field touched a live power line.

McGhee says one of the boys went into cardiac arrest on the field and was revived after CPR and the use of a portable defibrillator. McGhee says a coach who had been helping the boys was not injured.

Superintendent Sheila Phillips says those who witnessed the accident “responded immediately and more appropriately than anyone could have planned for.”

McGhee says the accident is under investigation.