Teens Injured In Transformer Explosion Under Pavement

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News 

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Two Mexican teens with burns injuries may need to be transferred to a US hospital after an underground transformer explosion that reportedly swallowed a small group of teenagers walking on the pavement.

The incident took place around 6 pm in the city centre of Hermosillo in the north-western Mexican state of Sonora following the explosion of an underground electrical transformer, according to reports.

Local media said that three teens fell into the hole, but only two required hospital treatment for serious injuries. They have been identified as 15-year-old Claritza Guadalupe and 16-year-old Luis Fernando Payan.

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The teen victims were reportedly walking on the pavement when the explosion occurred near a bus stop and they fell into the hole.

A group of people gathered around the hole and managed to get them out, according to local media.

Meanwhile, Red Cross members, firefighters and officers of the Local Police also attended the scene.

Local media said that the teens were taken to the General del Estado Hospital and the General Hospital of the State of Sonora.

Luis Fernando was admitted to intensive care and is said to be in a serious condition with 20 percent burns while Claritza Guadalupe is also still receiving hospital treatment for 40 percent burns, according to reports..

A third unnamed teen was treated at the scene but did not require hospital care.

The state health secretary is monitoring the teens’ situation in case they need to be transferred to the Shriners Hospital for Children in the US city of Sacramento in California.

The country’s Federal Electricity Commission has said that it will take care of the victims’ medical bills while confirming that the transformer explosion is under investigation.

Reports said the area was left without power as the Electricity Commission organised a replacement transformer.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.