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Fairfax Teen Dies in Electrical Accident

WTOP.com

August 25, 2010

FAIRFAX, Va. – A Fairfax teenager died in an electrical accident Tuesday night.

Officials and neighbors say the 17-year-old boy had been using a power saw to trim trees in the 4200 block of Berritt Street in Fairfax City when the accident occurred about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The teenager, a student at Fairfax High School, was working about 10 feet from a power line, Channel 9 reports.

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

He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

A neighbor says the teenager had completed his junior year at Fairfax High School, and had three brothers.

(Copyright 2010 by WTOP and The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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