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Good Samaritans Electrocuted in Northwest Russia Trying to Help Driver

A road sign is seen in front of a utility pole.

Two people have died from electrocution while apparently trying to rescue the driver of a car that crashed into a utility pole, a news report said.

The driver survived and was hospitalized following the accident Sunday in the town of Dno in the Pskov region of northwestern Russia, Interfax reported, citing a spokesperson for the regional Interior Ministry branch.

Two young men, aged 19 and 20, are believed to have been trying to help the driver after the accident when they were electrocuted to death, the report said, adding that police are still trying to verify the young men's role in the incident.

Meanwhile, local automotive news site identified the men as passengers of the car, instead of passersby.

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