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Teen killed in Prince George’s during thunderstorms

- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 21, 2011

A District teen died over the weekend in Prince George's County when struck by a utility pole and power lines that toppled during powerful thunderstorms, according to county fire and EMS officials.

The victim as been identified as 19-year-old Indy Sanders, of the District.

The incident occurred at about 2 a.m. in the area of Naylor Road and Southern Avenue, in Temple Hills. Firefighters responding to reports of downed power line arrived to find a large tree had fallen on the lines, causing a utility pole to snap and roughly a two-block section of line to fall.

While assessing the damage in the 3200 block Naylor Road, workers discovered a person who appeared to have been struck by the top half of the snapped pole and the live power lines, according to county officials.

Firefighters and paramedics could not safely reach the victim until utility workers terminated the electrical power. The victim was found to have fatal injuries and burns over 50 percent of his body. He was pronounced dead on the scene, officials said.

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