Teenagers electrocuted in train tunnel

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Three teenagers in Oslo trespassed into a train tunnel in the Filipstad area Sunday afternoon, and came into physical contact with 15,000-volt electricity sources. One of the youngsters was killed at the scene, the others critically injured.

Emergency crews were summoned to the scene at around 4:30pm, and faced major challenges reaching the teens and avoiding being electrocuted themselves. The tunnels are full of electrical power sources for state railway NSB’s trains.

“It’s demanding and dangerous to work inside the tunnels,” Tore Barstad, operations leader for the Oslo Police, told state broadcaster NRK. He said the first two teenagers found were conscious “and it was possible to communicate with them.” They said a third person was in the tunnel with them, and rescue workers eventually found the victim’s body.

Barstad said police don’t know why the teenagers had entered the tunnel, which is fenced off with its entrance adjoining a trainyard at Hjortnes, where NSB parks trains that are not in service. The area is posted with warning signs and legally off limits to all but railway and railroad personnel.

newsinenglish.no staff