Boy killed, 3 others hurt in Manila electrocutions

Boy killed, 3 others hurt in Manila electrocutions
By Tina Santos
Last updated 06:36pm (Mla time) 08/09/2007

MANILA, Philippines — An eight-year-old boy was killed while three other persons were injured after they were electrocuted in separate incidents in Sampaloc, Manila, Wednesday night.


The fatality was identified as Raymart Blanco, a grade two student and resident of Simon Street, Sampaloc, Manila. He was declared dead on arrival at the Infant Jesus Hospital.


Superintendent Ernesto Barlam, station commander of Manila Police District-Station 4, said the victim was walking along the sidewalk of the flooded Dimasalang Street around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday when a truck passed by.


Blanco accidentally touched a live wire as he clung to an electric post to avoid being dragged down by the wave created by the passing truck, police said.


In another incident, three teenagers, reportedly students of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), remain in critical condition after they were electrocuted along Dapitan Street, also in Sampaloc, around 7:30 p.m.


The students were identified as Angelo Inolino, 17; Franz de Jesus, 15, and Edson Yambot, 17.


Investigation showed the victims were on their way to buy food when they accidentally touched a live wire dangling from an electric post.


Witnesses claimed that the victims were thrown a few meters away due to the electric shock.


Bystanders rushed the victims to the hospital where they remain under observation.


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