A man was shocked to death on Wednesday morning when he tampered with a high-voltage power cable at the Germiston Lake train station in Ekurhuleni in Gauteng. This is the second similar shock incident to occur in the same area in one week.
William Ntladi, spokesman for the Ekurhuleni Emergency Services, said the emergency services were called to the train station just after 9am on Wednesday. Upon rescuers’ arrival at the scene, they found the charred body of a man still hanging on the power cables above the railway line.
The man allegedly tried to cut this 3,000-volt electric mains cable.
Rescuers found tools to cut himself from the cable at the bottom of the railroad tracks.
Ntladi said the electricity had to be isolated before they could bring the charred body down.
The man’s age could not yet be determined and a post-mortem is being conducted. Police were called to the scene to investigate.
Ntladi said emergency services found another charred body at a nearby train station in Germiston last Tuesday. This person also tampered with the power cables at the train station and was also shocked to death.