Energy plant theft: People killed by electrocution

Two males from Georgia, US, died after a transformer exploded whereas attempting to steal copper wire from an influence station.

Police obtained a name round 3 a.m. Monday about an explosion on the energy substation close to the Outdated Mill in Gainesville, Lieutenant Kevin Holbrook stated in an interview with CBS Information. Based on info from the authorities, the thieves have been attempting to steal copper wires and different electrical elements.

Police and firefighters have been shortly referred to as to intervene. Once they arrived, they found the 2 males lifeless.

Coroner Kevin Witzel stated the 2 victims – Shane Joseph Lengthy, 45, and Christopher Blair Wooden, 44 – have been each from Gainesville. An post-mortem will probably be carried out to substantiate the precise reason for each deaths. Nevertheless, Lieutenant Holbrook confirmed that one of many two males bore indicators of electrocution. The second man could have been killed by the converter.

Sadly, this isn’t the primary time burglars have died this fashion in the USA. Nevertheless, Holbrooke stated, individuals who steal these merchandise from energy vegetation don’t make some huge cash to resell them.

“It’s not price placing your life on the road for that,” he added.