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Two Women Shocked and Killed While Trying to Help Car Crash Victim

Posted on August 23, 2012 | Written By: iadminlaw

Fire hydrant in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Fire hydrant  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When car accidents happen, many surrounding witnesses do the best they can to help the victims of the collision. Often, these pedestrians rush to the aid of those who were wounded. However, in one particular event, the helpers became the ones who became the victims.

On Wednesday night of August 22, two women were electrocuted as they tried to help the victim of a car accident. In San Fernando Valley, a vehicle going at a high rate of speed slammed into a fire hydrant and a light pole on a street, causing the power line to get knocked down. The car that crashed into the fire hydrant, an SUV, came to a stop ten feet away from the fire hydrant. Since the hydrant was hit, water shot up about two stories high into the air. The water then pooled underneath the SUV. The light pole, with had electrical wires sticking out of it, was also on the ground.

Since the accident occurred at night time, the water and wires were not visible. Neighbors and passerbys glimpsed at the scene and saw water gushing from the fire hydrant as well as the damaged SUV near it. The first instinct of the witnesses was to run to the aid of the male SUV driver. However, what these good Samaritans were not aware of was that the water beneath the SUV was charged with electricity.

In a nearby house, one woman witnessed the ordeal and ran to help out the driver. However, as soon as she stepped into the puddle of water, she was electrocuted. Another pair of witnesses, a husband and a wife, drove by and stopped to help. The wife rushed out to help the driver and the woman but she, too, was shocked by the electric jolt. Her husband only suffered from minor injuries.

Other onlookers and witnesses tried to help but nobody could step into the puddle. One individual present said that the scene was horrifying as everyone wanted to help but nobody could. Five other people, ranging in ages from 19 to 57, tried to help but were shocked.

Eventually, the Los Angeles firefighters arrived at the scene. Using rubber gloves and a pole, the firefighters were able to retrieve the women from the electrified water. About eight victims were shocked by the water, most male, who tried to help the ladies in the puddle. Seven of the eight victims were taken to a hospital. The two women pulled out of the puddle were pronounced dead.

There were a total of 55 firefighters dispatched to the scene as they tried to secure the area and to treat the victims. The Department of Water and Power shut off the water in the fire hydrant as well as the electricity in the power lines.

This unique and strange scenario must have been terrifying for those present. Good Samaritans wanted to help but those who did suffered at their own peril. One car crash ended up creating a scenario of multiple injured victims, two of which were wrongful deaths.

If you have been involved in a car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer today.

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