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Teen electrocuted by downed power line 25 feet away

6:47 PM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
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ELLIJAY, Ga. -- A North Georgia teen is dead after a power line fell near her during a storm on Wednesday. 

According to Gilmer County authorities, 19-year-old Stephanie Diaz was electrocuted by a fallen power line on Victory Circle during an afternoon storm. The incident happened around 4:20 p.m. 

Elijay Police Chief Ed Lacey says Diaz was babysitting at the time of her death. Apparently, she had gone outside the investigate why her home had lost power. A neighbor called 911.  When first responders arrived and saw the live wire, they weren't able to help her until power was cut off.  

"It's a terrible feeling knowing there's someone over there that needs help but you just can't get over to them," said Ellijay Police Sgt. Alan Henson.  "It's a bad feeling."

Even though Diaz was at least 25 feet away from the downed line, the current apparently traveled through either a puddle or the wet ground and electrocuted her.  

"That power can move through the ground, through water, it can get to you," Henson said.  "If you're in a house, stay in a house, if you're in a car stay in a car.

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