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Pottsville boy fighting for life after being struck by boulder

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 25 2014 05:06:37 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 25 2014 05:06:00 PM CDT

A Schuylkill County boy is fighting for his life following a bizarre accident involving a boulder.

POTTSVILLE, Pa. -

A Schuylkill County boy is fighting for his life following a bizarre accident involving a boulder.

Michael Allen's family said he was playing near the bottom of a hill off Mount Hope Road, near his home, Thursday evening when a boulder from above somehow got loose and rolled right into him.

Michael was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown, where he has undergone several surgeries. He is in a medically induced coma.

Michael's grandfather told 69 News it's just too raw, too emotional to talk about what happened.

The principal of Michael's school, John S. Clark Elementary, said he wishes Michael nothing but the best.

"Very quiet, very quiet, almost bashful. Polite. He's not one to yell and scream. Just a real nice little boy," said Pat Kelly, a lunch aide at the school.

Michael's grandfather said he was set to start his first season of little league. The family is now hoping for a medical home run that sends Michael back home soon.