Calif. Man Electrocuted Taking Photos


A man from Bakersfield was electrocuted after coming in contact with high-voltage power lines.

The accident happened around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in Shafter.

County fire said 22-year-old William Cantrell was in a hydraulic lift, taking photos of a construction site on Imperial Street when the lift collided with the PG&E lines.

Fire crews said Cantrell was killed instantly, but because they had to wait for PG&E to deactivate the line, recovering his body took some time.

Nearly a dozen firefighters responded, but Sean Collins with the Kern County Fire Department said there was no chance of saving Cantrell.

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