Tragic Accident Claims Woman and Dog’s Lives in California Neighborhood
A devastating incident occurred in a rural California neighborhood, resulting in the untimely deaths of a woman and her beloved dog. Madeline Kelly, 34, from Mendota, Fresno County, was taking an early morning walk with her dog and a companion when tragedy struck. Unaware of the danger lurking beneath her feet, she accidentally stepped on a downed power line around 5 a.m., leading to a fatal electrocution.
“It was a wrong way to die. She had a lot of life left to go. The fact that someone may have been negligent that caused her death, you know, it breaks my heart.” – Melissa Rust, Kelly’s mother
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office revealed that a fire had occurred in the area just two days prior, weakening the power pole that held the line. Unfortunately, the line fell sometime later, creating an unsuspected hazard for walkers like Kelly and her companion.
Despite the efforts of emergency responders, Kelly could not be revived. The local fire department, which had extinguished the vegetation fire on Monday, failed to alert the power company, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), as the power lines did not appear to be affected by the incident.
PG&E expressed their condolences and assured cooperation with first responders to investigate the circumstances surrounding this tragic accident. Kelly’s mother, Melissa Rust, described her daughter as intelligent, kind, artistic, and loving, emphasizing the wrongful nature of her death.
Staying Safe Around Downed Power Lines
PG&E’s website provides crucial advice for dealing with downed power lines. It is essential to always assume that a downed power line is live and dangerous. If you encounter one, immediately call 911 and keep children and pets at a safe distance. Remember, it is unsafe to touch the line, even with objects like sticks or brooms. Avoid touching anything or anyone in contact with the fallen power line, including vehicles. Furthermore, driving over a fallen power line is highly discouraged.
This tragic incident serves as a heartbreaking reminder of the importance of vigilance and caution when encountering potential hazards in our surroundings. Let us keep Madeline Kelly and her loyal companion in our thoughts and prayers as we strive to prevent similar accidents in the future.
Source: The Western Journal
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