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BACKGROUND: On the morning of Jan. 14, 2011, a power line came down and landed in the backyard of a residence in San Bernardino. Authorities said a 44-year-old man, 43-year-old woman and 21-year-old man were electrocuted.
Southern California Edison issued the following statement about this tragedy.
ROSEMEAD, Calif., Jan. 14, 2011 — Southern California Edison (SCE) expresses its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the three people who died today after a power line came down in the backyard of a home in San Bernardino.
SCE has offered to provide assistance to the family for its immediate needs in the aftermath of this tragic accident.
SCE’s employees have been deeply affected by this tragedy and have started collecting donations to help the family. The company will match employee contributions.
SCE is conducting a thorough investigation. Senior executives, field crews and other personnel were on site today to inspect, investigate and ensure the safety of the neighborhood. SCE is cooperating fully with law enforcement, regulators and all others investigating.
SCE would like to reiterate its safety messages regarding downed power lines: If you see a power line on the ground, stay away. Do not touch it or try to remove it. Call SCE or local law enforcement.
About Southern California Edison
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.