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Low hanging electrical wire kills on Vietnam highway

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 12:27 GMT+7
Low hanging electrical wire kills on Vietnam highway
Two men are killed after becoming entangled in a low hanging power cable on National Highway 25 in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, June 9, 2020. Photo: Linh Tung / Tuoi Tre

Two young men on a motorcycle became entangled with a low hanging power cable on a highway in the south-central province of Phu Yen and died on the spot.

Do Van Th., 32, and Le Ngoc B., 28, were rising a motorbike on National Highway 25 at 2:45 pm on Monday when they ran into a power cable, according to Nguyen Ngoc Tinh, chairman of the People's Committee of Phu Hoa District in Phu Yen.

The cable had been wired illegally across the road by an unidentified local.

The two victims, both residents of Tuy Hoa City in Phu Yen, were electrocuted and died on the spot.

Tinh said local authorities are investigating the accident and helping the victims' families to hold funerals.

They are also working to identify those responsible for hanging the cable.

According to Thai Minh Chau, director of Phu Yen Power Company, the wire in question had been illegally hung by a local household using two bamboo stakes to straddle it over the highway.

The storm that caused the illegal wire to fall dangerously close to the highway was the same storm that destroyed the roofs of 80 households in nearby Luong Phuoc Village in Hoa Phu Commune, Tay Hoa District in Phu Yen.

A wooden furniture showroom in the village suffered the heaviest damage, estimated at VND350 million (US$15,200), while two 220KV power lines and 16 other power sources also collapsed.

The total damage caused by the storm was estimated at around VND435 million ($18,900).

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Kim Thoa - Duy Thanh / Tuoi Tre News

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