Two women fatally electrocuted trying to help at crash scene - latimes.com
Their hearts were in the right place, but their heads were not. This should be a lesson for EVERYONE, let the professionals handle this. If you are untrained, do not rush into dangerous situations, because the pros sure don't. If you are the victim of such an accident and the electric cable is laying across your car, STAY INSIDE your vehicle. Do NOT try to get out. Do not assume the cable is not energized. This is very very tragic.By Sam Quinones and Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
August 24, 2012
Irma Zamora's husband urged her not to get out of the car as they approached the scene of a spectacular traffic crash in Los Angeles' Valley Village neighborhood. But as he pulled over to call 911, she rushed out anyway, eager to help. A sport utility vehicle had just careened through the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and Ben Avenue, shearing off a concrete light standard and knocking over a fire hydrant before coming to rest on a front lawn. Water spewed skyward from the broken hydrant and quickly pooled in the intersection.
Zamora ran toward the wrecked SUV and stepped into an electrified pool of water. She was immediately –- and fatally — electrocuted, struck by what firefighters estimate was 48,000 volts of electricity. Zamora, 40, of Burbank, was one of two women who died Wednesday night in what police and witnesses described as a bizarre and tragic series of events. The name of the second woman, who touched Zamora after she had been stricken and was also electrocuted, has not been released.