Soldier suffers 90 pc burns on shortcut home

Soldier suffers 90 pc burns on shortcut home
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A soldier was in a life-threatening condition on Monday after trying to take a shortcut home across a train track in Frankfurt am Main in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 21-year-old was walking home from a party at around 6am with two friends when he climbed onto a stationary train and tried to cut across the tracks.

But he received an electric shock from an overhead cable and was taken to a specialist burns unit in Offenbach, police said in a statement on Sunday.  

Bild newspaper reported he suffered 90 percent burns.

Police said the soldier, who is stationed in Kempten, Bavaria, was in an artificial coma in a “life-threatening” condition.

His two friends, aged 20 and 21, are suffering from shock and were also treated by doctors. They have been unable to give witness statements.

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