ELM CREEK — One child died and another was injured as a result of electrocution yesterday at a rural Elm Creek residence.
Buffalo County Sheriff’s Captain Bob Anderson said the electrocution occurred at 6865 Turkey Creek Road north of Elm Creek. The sheriff’s office responded to the 911 call at about 4:32 p.m. yesterday, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
Anderson said the two children, ages 5 and 7, were injured outside near a trailer on the property. The 7-year-old, Aubree Hubbard, was found unresponsive. A family member and the Elm Creek Volunteer Rescue squad performed CPR on her. Aubree died shortly after Elm Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Buffalo County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene.
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Her 5-year-old brother received non-life threatening injuries and was admitted to CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney.
The Nebraska Electrical Inspector Division assisted the Sheriff’s deputies in investigating the cause of the electrocution.
“Preliminarily we believe it occurred due to a problem with an electrical connection on a fuel barrel which was on a trailer which was located on the property,” Anderson said.
However, because the investigation is ongoing, Anderson couldn’t say how the electricity was transmitted to the children.
The press release said the electrocution was accidental and law enforcement doesn’t suspect foul play.
The farmstead is owned by Harold and Darla Hubbard, according to Buffalo County Geographic Information Systems. Anderson said the Hubbards are the grandparents of the children. He has not released the names of the children’s parents.
Next of kin have been notified.