Teen is killed after tree falls on electrical lines - CBS46 News

Teen is killed after tree falls on electrical lines

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GILMER COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A teen was killed after power lines fell during a storm Wednesday, according to the Elijay Police Department.

The incident happened around 4:20 p.m. at 432 Victory Circle when a tree fell onto power lines. Responding officers noticed the power line down. They found it sparking, burning the grass and melting the pavement, according to the police report.

The officers also noticed a woman lying on her back about 30 feet away from the line. She was not moving. Crews were not able to reach the victim due to the downed power line and standing water at the scene.

Two EMS workers made their way around the scene to near where the victim was on the ground. They moved her using a backboard to the nearby driveway until Georgia Power crews secured the electrical line.

A 5-year-old child who the victim was babysitting told the officer that it was raining hard, the power went out and her babysitter looked out the window and saw fire.

The child said her babysitter went outside to check it. The child told the officer that she saw her babysitter slip and fall. The child told the officer that is when she looked for a cell phone to dial 911.

Authorities identified the babysitter as Stephanie Diaz, 19, of Elijay. She was taken to the hospital where she later died. The cause of death was stated as electrocution.

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