South Carolina prep football player dies after practice

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina high school football player has died after collapsing at practice.

Lexington County school officials say a 14-year-old River Bluff High School sophomore died Wednesday night.

Coroner Helen Fischer said Thursday that Lewis N. Simpkins of Lexington was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital. An autopsy is planned later Thursday.

Lexington District One spokeswoman Mary Beth Hill said in a statement that the teen dropped to the ground as practice was about to end Wednesday around 7 p.m.

Two athletic trainers and a coach began CPR and used a defibrillator before Simpkins was taken to the hospital.
Officials say practice had run just over two hours.

Players took water breaks every 15 to 20 minutes and water hoses and coolers were available at all times.


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