N.Y. football player dies after 'horrific accident' during practice drill

N.Y. football player dies after 'horrific accident' during practice drill

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N.Y. football player dies after 'horrific accident' during practice drill

An 11th-grade Long Island high school football player died after what the school district described as a “horrific accident” in practice Thursday morning.

The Sachem East High player, 16-year-old Joshua Mileto, was participating in a strength and conditioning drill where players carried a log overhead when a log fell and struck Mileto in the head, the Suffolk County Police Department said in a statement. Mileto was transported to the Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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“The district is devastated by this horrific accident, and words cannot express the grief we feel as a school community. We extend our deepest condolences to the student’s family and friends during this terribly difficult time,” Sachem Central School District superintendent Kenneth Graham said in a statement.

Graham said the district has made its crisis intervention team and other support services available to students and staff. All school-related activities were canceled and all buildings closed Thursday.

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