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VA Teen Fatally Injury By 19,000 Volt Shock While Tree Trimming

FAIRFAX CITY, VIRGINIA – A Northern Virginia teenager was fatally injured in an electrical accident as he trimmed a tree, plunging his neighborhood into sadness and dismay.

The incident occurred about 6:15 p.m. while the youth, who was 17, was using a power saw in a tree in the 4200 block of Berritt Street in Fairfax City, according to authorities and neighbors.

Current from a 19,000-volt distribution line may have passed through a tree branch to the youth’s body, said Tim Butters, an assistant Fairfax City fire chief.

As far as he knew, Butters said, there were no witnesses to the incident.

“It’s very, very sad,” said a neighbor, Mary Black. “There are a lot of sad people on the street tonight.”

Butters said that when rescue workers arrived, they found the youth about 20 feet up in a tree.

He said that the youth had been burned on his extremities and was unconscious.

Story Via The Washington Post

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