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Teen Electrocuted While Trimming Trees

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) --The St. Lucie County Fire District reports that 19-year-old Matthew Gamble was working Friday morning when his ladder slipped and made contact with a power line. Gamble's father freed the ladder from the power line, and he was left dangling from a harness.

Officials say Gamble wasn't conscious or breathing before being taken to a hospital.

Hospital officials say Gamble was declared dead a couple hours after the accident.

More than 1,000 homes in the area lost power right after the incident.


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