HOPATCONG BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – A 5-year-old boy who Hopatcong police said was accidentally hit in the head by a hockey puck Sunday afternoon was flown to the hospital.
On July 25, at around 12:49 p.m., police responded to the Hopatcong Roller Hockey Rink for a report of an injured juvenile. Upon arrival, officers found a 5-year-old boy had been accidentally struck in the head with a hockey puck causing a laceration that was bleeding profusely, police said.
The boy was extremely pale, not responding to verbal commands and was in shock. As officers administered first aid, the boy’s color began to return and he started responding to verbal commands but still did not appear lucid, police said.
The paramedics were requested and the medivac helicopter was put on standby. A short time later the Hopatcong Ambulance Squad arrived and took over patient care, police said.
A landing zone was set up at Squire Field and the boy was then flown to Morristown Medical Center. The boy’s family members were transported to the hospital by the Hopatcong Police for safety reasons, police said.