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W.Va. football player injured

September 26, 2002

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - A Jefferson High School football player suffered a neck injury Wednesday afternoon when he hit another player during a scrimmage practice behind the school, school and rescue officials said.

The boy was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., following the 5:26 p.m. incident, said Wendy Bowman, assistant ambulance chief for Independent Fire Co.

Another ambulance official said he believed the boy's injury may have been serious, but not life-threatening.

Jefferson High School's head football coach Jay Kirby said he was told the boy was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital mostly as a precautionary measure.

Kirby said Wednesday night he had not talked to anyone at the hospital about the boy's condition.

The boy was injured when a defensive player pushed him and he ran into an offensive player, Kirby said.

Further details, including the boy's condition, were unavailable.

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