Karlsruhe (dpa / lsw) - A young person was fatally injured as a result of an electric shock on a parked freight train in Karlsruhe. As the police and federal police announced on Tuesday, the 16-year-old had climbed onto a parked tank wagon at West Station the night before. On the carriage, the current jumped from the overhead line to the boy, causing him to catch fire and lose consciousness. A plot owner of a neighboring allotment garden tried to extinguish the boy from the ground. After grounding the overhead line, rescue workers rescued the youth, who had regained consciousness on his own. He was taken to a hospital with severe burns. It was initially unclear why he had climbed onto the car.
According to a federal police spokeswoman, there is a current of around 15,000 volts on the railway overhead line. That is so much that people, as in the case of the boy, can also get an electric shock without touching the line and they come closer than 1.50 meters.