Two Southwestern Illinois Teens Die from Electrocution
Two high school students were electrocuted on March 3, 2011, leaving the town of Okawville, 40 miles southeast of St. Louis, to mourn their loss. On the day of the funerals, March 8, there were two shiny tractors sitting in front of the high school where both young men were students. Nick Bledsoe was his class’ president.
Bledsoe, 19, and Justin Eldridge, 18, were spreading manure at a farm near Okawville where they both worked when they noticed a raccoon run into an aluminum irrigation pipe. The high school seniors were attempting to move the pipe to release the animal when it touched an overhead power line.
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