A 17-year-old boy was killed in New Jersey when a 650-pound slab fell on him at a countertop business site. He was found on Saturday at Stone N'Counters South LLC located in Berkeley Township. Authorities say it is not yet clear why the boy was at the location which is now closed due to investigation. The police suspect that the teen was walking on slabs when one of them fell on him and trapped him. It remains unclear how long was he under the stone before a passerby spotted him and called the police.
The boy’s name remained confidential due to age reasons, and the police pronounced him dead when they arrived at the scene. An extensive inquiry is underway to determine the cause of the accident and whether the boy was alone or in a company which might explain what had happened.
Accidents involving minors in unusual places are not a novelty. It has happened many times that teens, or even children, get killed on railways due to being electrocuted. Media have also reported about teens falling off cliffs in seaside areas or at quarries. All in all, there are numerous occurrences of children and teenagers dying with the tragedies being easily avoidable. What is needed is better security of dangerous sites and adequate parental supervision.