Man killed by downed power line in Fullerton, traffic impacted

A man in his 40s died Friday after a live power line went down in Fullerton.
A man in his 40s died Friday after a live power line went down in Fullerton.
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A man in his 40s died Friday after being in contact with a downed live power line in Fullerton. 

The incident occurred just before 4 p.m. at the 1800 block of Commonwealth Avenue, west of Brookhurst.

"Witnesses told us that it appeared the subject was pushing a shopping cart and crossed the downed power line at which time he was electrocuted," said Sgt. Jeff Stuart, public information officer with Fullerton Police Department. "We don't know what the cause of the downed power line is; that's going to be up to Edison to make that determination." 

The power line is off now, and Commonwealth Avenue is closed in both directions between Brookhurst Road and Gilbert Street.

"Traffic will be impacted in the area for the duration of the investigation," Stuart said. "We're asking motorists to stay out of the area as long as this is going on."

An investigation into what happened is ongoing and Fullerton Police Department is asking anyone with information to call 714-738-6716.

Stuart said this incident is a reminder to stay away from downed power lines and call 911. 

"Even as police officers, if we see a downed line we call Edison," Stuart said. "We let the experts deal with it. Those lines carry a tremendous amount of voltage; they can even energize the ground around the line, so it's really important to stay away from them."