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FATALITY: JOGGER ELECTROCUTED IN POWER CABLE INCIDENT

Low-hanging overhead 11,000 volt powerline claims life of runner

It has been reported by the Mirror that a jogger has died after he apparently ran into a low-hanging power cable above a path near Newport, Essex. Police, firefighters and paramedics were called but he died instantly. Two other joggers suffered minor injuries.

Detective Inspector Stephen Jennings who met representatives of UK Power Networks said:

“We are investigating with HSE and Fire Service to establish exactly how the man came into contact with the cable. This is a thankfully unusual event but it is obviously a tragedy for everybody involved.”

The man was running on paths through farm and woodland. Peter Ascot, who lives nearby told the Mirror:

“We saw the cable hanging low and almost touching the wheat. We all remarked on it at the time. I woke up this morning and saw what happened. I feel absolutely dreadful that I didn’t report it – you can’t help feeling you could have done more. It’s unbelievable this has happened. It’s absolutely devastating.”

UK Power Networks said:

“Our engineers were called to an incident at Saffron Walden last night and are currently helping with an investigation. Our thoughts at this time are with the family and friends of a man who died and also our employees who helped at the scene.”

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