Boy suffers severe burns in train 'stunt'
29 May 2013
Bolt of electricity strikes 15-year-old in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire.
Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to allow paramedics to reach a teenager severely injured when a bolt of electricity struck from powerlines above a railway.
An appliance from Coatbridge Community Fire Station made its way to Forrestburn Road shortly after 6pm Saturday, following a request for assistance from the Scottish Ambulance Service.
They had been called to the side of the railway track after a 15-year-old boy was electrocuted by the overhead power lines. People in nearby homes reported seeing a bright flash and hearing a loud bang.
Arriving in minutes, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) team immediately set to work in a bid to ensure paramedics could access the stricken teenager and provide emergency treatment.
An SFRS spokesperson commented: "Firefighters were needed to cut through a fence as paramedics were unable to access the boy, who was clearly seriously hurt.
"Working side-by-side with our ambulance colleagues, the crew quickly ensured they could reach the youngster and remove him from the scene."
The teenager was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary for potentially life-saving treatment. His condition is thought to be serious but stable.
A spokesperson for the British Transport Police said: "We can confirm a 15-year-old local boy suffered severe burns and was taken by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary after he climbed on to an empty freight train wagon and was electrocuted.
"It appears the electricity from the overhead power lines arced. It is understood he was posing for a photograph."