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Man dies after pushing shopping cart over downed power line

A man believed to be homeless died Friday after pushing a shopping cart over a downed power line in Fullerton, police said.

When officers arrived at the 1800 block of Commonwealth Avenue, the man was on the ground and in contact with the cable, according to Sgt. Jeff Stuart of the Fullerton Police Department.

Nobody could touch him, because the high-voltage cable was still live. After firefighters de-energized the line, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A witness told police that the man had run into the downed line with a shopping cart, Stuart said. The name of the victim, who was white and in his 40s, is being withheld until relatives are notified.

It is unclear why the cable fell or how long it had been down. A half-mile stretch of Commonwealth will be closed through the evening while authorities investigate, police said.


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