Loose power cable electrocuted Ashdon scientist in freak accident

Two teenagers were approached by a man in a car who asked them to get in

Two teenagers were approached by a man in a car who asked them to get in

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A dangling 11,000 volt power cable was reported by a worried member of the public minutes before a top British scientist was electrocuted by it, an inquest has heard.

Dr James Kew, who lived in Ashdon, was out running and jogged into the live cable that was concealed behind a bush and hanging around 4ft from the ground.

Dr James Kew
Dr James Kew

Mr. Kew, 41, a biologist with GlaxoSmithKline, is thought to have died instantly from severe burns in the horrific accident in Newport, Essex in July 2012.

 

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