Teens 'Lucky To Be Alive' After Burns From 25,000-Volt Railway Wire
The two 17-year-old boys remain in a critical but stable condition in hospital.
Two teenage boys are "lucky to be alive" after suffering an electric shock and severe burns from live power wires on a Gold Coast train line.
The teens and a friend, all aged 17, are believed to have climbed over a safety barrier at Pimpama station on Thursday night when they came into contact with 25,000-volt lines.
"What happened is they climbed over the bridge there and sat on the concrete barriers that support the bridge to admire the view," Queensland Ambulance spokesman Allan Windsor said on Friday morning.
"Whilst sitting there, it appears the electricity from the high voltage wires arced across the young males."
Ambulance Senior Service Operations Supervisor Cary Strong later clarified the electrical current was believed to have passed from one teen to another.
"It appears it has arced out of one of these lines and at least come back onto one of them, which has then radiated across into the other two," he said.
"It's alleged one has an entry wound to his foot and an exit wound to his back."
Two of the teens received severe burns to about 50 percent of their bodies, and were taken to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital where they remain in a critical but stable condition.
The third teen also suffered some form of electrical injury and burns to his hand as he tried to extinguish fire from his friend's clothes, Strong said. He remains at Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
Strong said the two teens were "extremely lucky" to be alive.
"To have that amount of voltage go through you and still be conscious -- alive, but in a serious conditon -- they are extremely lucky," he said.
He urged the public to steer clear of high voltage wires.
"It's not worth risking your own life and the life of others for a moment of indiscretion," he said.
Queensland Rail is investigating.
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