(Reuters) - A high-school football player on New York's Long Island was killed on Thursday when he was struck in the head by a log his teammates were carrying on the field during a conditioning drill, police said.
Joshua Mileto, 16, suffered the fatal injury at Sachem East High School in Farmingville, a community 50 miles (80 km) east of Manhattan, and was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Suffolk County Police said in a statement.
Police detectives were investigating the death, which occurred during an off-season football workout.
Witnesses reported several football players were running onto the field while holding a large log, which resembled a telephone pole, over their heads, according to New York television station WCBS-TV. Two of the players fell, and the log struck Mileto in the head. It was not clear whether Mileto or the other players were wearing football helmets at the time.
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"The district is devastated by this horrific accident, and words cannot express the grief we feel as a school community," Sachem Central School District Superintendent Kenneth Graham said in a statement.
All activities at the district's campuses were canceled following the death, he added.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Steve Gorman and Leslie Adler)