Girl critical after fall on live wires

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl is in a critical condition after she fell on to live electrical wiring at the Bundaberg Rail Station yesterday afternoon.

Bundaberg police Sergeant Michael Prickett said the girl and her two friends, aged 11 and 13, were crossing the overhead foot bridge near Electra St shortly before 3pm.

Sgt Prickett said it was believed the girl climbed on to the outside of the overpass before she lost her footing and fell.

"She fell on 25,000 volts of overhead powerlines and was thrown on to the track," he said.

"She sustained second-degree burns to 30% of her body."

A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said the girl was also treated for injuries sustained in the fall.

She was taken to Bundaberg Hospital where she remained in a critical condition.

It is understood the girl was flown to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital late last night.

Sgt Prickett said it was the second accident involving children and power lines in less than 12 months, when a 14-year-old boy received injuries in a similar incident.

Yesterday's accident served as a stern warning.

"Stay well away from overhead powerlines," Sgt Prickett said.



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