Teen, 15, climbing near live power lines dies after being electrocuted and thrown 10m to the ground
- Teen, 15, has died after being electrocuted by power lines
- Boy was swinging and climbing near power poles in Gladstone
- The power pole exploded, throwing him 10m below into water
A teenage boy has died after being electrocuted by live power lines.
The 15-year-old boy was climbing and swinging near the Aurizon train bridge, which runs across Auckland Creek in the Queensland town of Gladstone, on Thursday when he touched one of the live wires.
It’s understood the power pole exploded after the boy accidentally touched the line, causing him to plunge 10m into the creek below.
Queensland Ambulance Service confirmed paramedics were called to the bridge just after 12pm to reports the boy was in the creek.
Queensland Police said officers were on the scene and had escorted Aurizon staff to inspect the bridge.
A teenage boy who was with the dead 15-year-old is speaking to police.
Aurizon is Australia’s largest freight rail operator, transporting more than 250million tonnes of commodities across the country each year.
The company also owns and operates one of the world’s largest coal rail networks, linking around 50 mines with three major ports in Queensland.
More to come.