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Transient electrocuted cutting power cables in Fontana

A  transient was electrocuted early Monday morning while apparently attempting to cut live cables from a Southern California Edison power pole in Fontana.

The incident caused a blackout to the surrounding neighborhood, said San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials.

Robert Buchanan, 25, was killed instantly at the scene near Valencia Street and Lime Avenue about 2:20 a.m., officials said.

Buchanan was found with bolt cutters at an Edison pole next to Metrolink railroad tracks. Crews restored power within a few hours.


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