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Two women die in Los Angeles car rescue attempt

In our last post we discussed a serious crash between a bus and a train in downtown Los Angeles. That mass transit accident took out a light pole and almost impacted a nearby fire hydrant. Authorities were concerned that if the fire hydrant was hit, there would have been a repeat of a recent Valley Village neighborhood accident which left two women dead.

The Valley Village crash occurred last week when an SUV lost control and smacked into the fire hydrant and a lamp post. A 40-year-old driver ran from her car to rescue the SUV driver, but she was fatally electrocuted when the live lamp post lines hit the water coming from the fire hydrant.

Another woman tried to help the woman and was also fatally electrocuted. Six other people were injured in this car accident rescue.

“This is one of those cases where the village came to help and the villagers suffered as a result of their good will,” A police spokesperson told KABC-TV. “It’s an unfortunate situation.”

“They did what good Samaritans have done in this community many times,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.

Authorities say that drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the accident that caused this tragedy. Police believe that this crash was caused by excessive speeding. It is unclear whether the SUV will face criminal charges in connection with the crash.

Source: KABC-TV, “Two Good Samaritans Electrocuted Trying to Help in Los Angeles Accident,” Lawrence Dechant, Aug. 24, 2012

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