15 people die electrocuted while crossing a bridge in India

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At least 15 people were electrocuted this Wednesday in northern India after a transformer exploded and electrified the bridge they were crossing on at the time.

"The incident occurred this morning, 15 people have died (...) Stream flowed on a bridge railingand the mishap happened to those who touched that railing,” he told EFE police chief V. Murugesan.

In addition others seven people were injuredtwo of them serious.

"The accident occurred due to a leakage current from a transformer which electrified a bridge in Chamoli district, located in the northern state of Uttarakhand, Murugesan added.

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The regional head of government, Pushkar Singh Dhami, sent his condolences to those affected and reported that the injured had been taken to the nearest hospital for treatment.

He also noted that rescue teams, including the State Disaster Response Force, were on the scene, and had prepared helicopters to transport the injured to larger hospitals.

Images on social networks show dozens of people helping rescue teams to transfer the injured to ambulances.

At least 11 people, including two minors, were electrocuted and 15 others were injured in April last year when they were attending a religious procession in southern India and the top of a parade float contacted power lines, triggering an electric shock.

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