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2 killed, 6 hurt trying to help after LA crash

Posted: August 24, 2012 9:00 a.m.
Updated: August 24, 2012 9:00 a.m.

Firefighters and paramedics examine two of the eight patients who were shocked after attempting to aid a car crash victim as water gushes from hydrant in North Hollywood on Wednesday.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa paid tribute to eight good Samaritans who suffered electric shocks as they ran to the scene of a traffic accident, including two women who were killed when they stepped into a pool of electrified water

In a press conference Thursday, Villaraigosa cautioned those who respond to accidents to assess their own safety before rushing to help others.

It may have been too dark to see downed electric wires in the large puddle created when an SUV hit a fire hydrant in front of a Valley Village-area home on Wednesday night.

As more people approached the scene to help, more were shocked. The survivors had minor injuries.

Names of victims were not released.

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