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8-year-old boy killed in accident at Gardner school

An 8-year-old student died Thursday after a tragic accident at the Elm Street School in Gardner, authorities said.

Colby O’Brien was attending an after-school program when a large television and cart fell on him at about 4 p.m., Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.’s office said in a statement. The boy was taken to Henry Heywood Hospital and pronounced dead, said Early’s office.

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The school will be open on Friday and grief counselors will be available, Mayor Mark Hawke said.

The incident is being investigated by State Police detectives.

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