Horror as jilted lover is electrocuted in Changzhou

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 August, 2013, 5:31pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 August, 2013, 5:46pm

Tuesday marked this year’s Qixi Festival - or “China’s Valentine’s Day”- but a sad video clip circulating online reveals how a man desperate for love ended up being electrocuted in a terrible accident.

The widely-circulated two-and-half-minute video uploaded online on Tuesday shows the man climbing down a tower with high voltage electrical wires. He suddenly receives a powerful shock. The man loses consciousness, as smoke emits from his body.

He then falls from the tower after losing his grip. As he plunges down, the man repeatedly hits the tower’s steel frames.

The accident depicted in the video occurred at Changzhou city in Jiangsu province last Friday, police on Tuesday told Modern Express.

The victim was aged 30 and surnamed Liu. He was a Jiangsu migrant worker living in Changzhou, police said. Liu climbed to the top of the tower, which was over 40-metres high. Refusing to come down, he demanded police bring him a woman he had recently met and was attracted to. Appeals from members of his family to come down failed, the report said.

The stand-off finally ended after police found the woman and brought her to the scene, the report said. Liu agreed to climb down, but accidentally electrocuted himself with a massive electric current.

The woman, who works as a local fruit vendor, told police she met Liu at her watermelon stand nearly a week ago. She had declined his repeated offers for a date, she told police.

Asked why the electricity had not been turned off, Changzhou’s electricity supplier told the newspaper the accident occurred moments before they planning to shut down the power.

Police said climbing towers with high voltage wires could be a criminal offence, the report said.