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Downed Power Line Electrocuted Family, Investigation to Take Months

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The investigation into the fallen power line that killed three in their own San Bernardino backyard is under way and "it could be months" before it's clear what happened last week, according to LA Now.Steven Vega, 44, came into contact with a fallen power line in his backyard after a windstorm last week. His wife and 21-year-old son rushed to his aid and were also shocked by the 12,000 volt line. All three were electrocuted.

Southern California Edison investigators are looking into what caused the power line to fall in their yard (as it had three years earlier) and promise "the investigation will be thorough and comprehensive." The California Public Utilities Commission is also involved in the investigation.

Relatives have questioned the quality of repair work done three years ago when a power line fell into the same yard, but "Edison officials refused to comment on the accusations."

The Vegas leave behind two young children who are in the care of friends.

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In the wake of this event, Edison is reminding the public about safety surrounding downed power lines. If you see one, stay away and don't touch it. Call Edison or local law enforcement instead.