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Man dies while taking selfie on top of train

Alex Dunham · 18 Mar 2014, 10:06

Published: 18 Mar 2014 10:06 GMT+01:00

The young man from the Andalusian town of Andújar suffered the fatal blow when he touched a high-voltage wire on a train he and his friends had assumed was not electrified.

They'd clambered on top of the parked wagon at Andújar train station to take a picture of themselves when they suffered the severe electric shock.

Spanish online daily Ideal reported that a 3,5000-volt discharge killed the young man as he went to take the photo.

Local paramedics and police rushed to the scene but found the 21-year-old was already dead.

One of his friends survived the shock but remains in a serious condition at the local Alto Guadalquivir Hospital.

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Andújar's mayor has declared three days of mourning for the town of 40,000 people in the middle of olive growing country.

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Alex Dunham (alex.dunham@thelocal.com)

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