Teen trapped beneath tree, live power lines survives

Los Angeles County Fire Department

A 17-year-old male had a brush with death Sunday evening.

According to officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, a fallen tree trapped the individual around 6:45 p.m. in the 32000 block of Agua Dulce Canyon Road.

A portion of the fallen tree trapped the individual between the ground and a nearby vehicle, an official with Los Angeles County Fire Department said.  The fallen tree also took down nearby live power lines.

Southern California Edison was called to de-energize the lines before the teen was rescued from beneath the debris.  He was trapped for approximately an hour.

The 17-year-old was transported to a local area trauma center with minor injuries.

According to Paul Netter, a spokesman for Southern California Edison, the downed powerlines effected power in the area.

“One hundred and eighty three customers were without power in the area because of this,” Netter said.  “They were fully restored at 3 a.m. this morning [Monday].”

The boundaries of the outage included Frascati Street to the north, Santa Clara Truck Trail to the south, Youngs Canyon Road to the east and Lang Station Road to the West, Netter said.

Netter said that in situations with downed power lines, Edison recommends calling first responders, staying away from the live wires and staying inside a vehicle if possible.

“In these kinds of incidents we really encourage people and passersby to stay away because of the electrically charged environment,” he said.

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