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Alexandria teen suffers head injury

ALEXANDRIA -- A 17-year-old boy from rural Alexandria was injured at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when he was knocked to the ground by a two-by-four he was using to help prop up a wall at a business northeast of Alexandria.

According to Hanson County Sheriff's Deputy Casey Tegethoff, the 17-year-old, whose name is not being released because he is a minor, was working at Quality Storage Buildings, which is located near the intersection of Highway 38 and Highway 25, about 10 miles northeast of Alexandria, when the incident occurred.

The 17-year-old was helping another person on a forklift prop up a wall of a storage shed when the wall slipped off the forklift, according to Tegethoff. Though he managed to avoid the wall itself, the teen was knocked to the ground by the two-by-four he was using to help lift the wall and hit his head on the concrete.

"He took a pretty hard hit to the back of the head," Tegethoff said.

The teen was still breathing but was unresponsive at the scene of the incident. He was transported by ambulance to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell and was later flown to a hospital in Sioux Falls.

No one else was injured.