Four Scout Leaders Killed in Accident

7-26-05 - BOWLING GREEN, Va. (AP) - A tent pole touching a power line appears to be what caused the electrocution of four Boy Scout leaders in Virginia at the Scouts' national jamboree.

The deaths of the leaders from Anchorage, Alaska, came on the first day of the gathering of Scouts from around the world at the Army's Fort AP Hill. A source tells The Washington Post the tent pole touched an overhead power line while the leaders were setting up camp.

One other leader and two contract workers were hospitalized in stable condition. All of the 80 Scouts from the group were OK and were relocated to another part of the camp. Chaplains and grief counselors have also been brought in.

The Boy Scout Jamboree's web site has issued prayers and sympathies for the families.

A Boy Scout troop from Ardmore is in Virginia, attending the jamboree. None of the local scouts and leaders were injured.