MANILA, Philippines—A man was beheaded in a freak accident in the middle of a heavy downpour in Navotas City on Sunday night.
Emmanuel Pilera, 20, a laborer of a garments company on Galicia Extension in Barangay Bangkulasi, was walking home at around 8:30 p.m. when lightning struck an electrical post and cut several of the high-tension wires.
As the wires swung to the ground, some wrapped themselves around Pilera’s neck, according to PO1 Philip Edgar Valera, an investigator of the city police.
As a result, the victim was electrocuted while his head was severed from his body.
A police report said Pilera’s head was found a few feet away from his body.
“The voltage was extremely high, not to mention it was raining,” Valera added.
A tricycle driver, Joel Mutya, 35, was injured when some of the wires hit him on the foot, causing him to fall off his vehicle.
Luckily, he survived with just a few scratches on his knees and an injured toe.