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Man killed while working on line near Shepherdstown

September 25, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A utility worker installing a power line in the area of the Cress Creek development north of Shepherdstown was electrocuted Monday afternoon when he came in contact with a power line, officials said.

The man was working in a "bucket" on a truck when the accident occurred about 3:30 p.m., said Bob Burner, EMS captain for the Shepherdstown Fire Department.

According to Berkeley County Medical Examiner David Brining, the man was installing a line between poles when his hand came in contact with a line.

When rescue crews arrived at the scene off Shepherd Grade Road, the man's co-workers had the victim out of the bucket and were administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation to him, Burner said.

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"They should certainly be thanked for that effort," Burner said.

Burner said the man never regained consciousness while he was at the scene and was taken to City Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be conducted by the state Medical Examiner's office, Brining said.

Brining said he could not identify the man Monday night because next of kin were still being notified.

Further questions about the man's name were referred to U.S. Utilities, and officials with the company could not be reached for comment.

A woman who answered a phone for an answering service for the company Monday night said U.S. Utilities does utility construction and is stationed in Perrysburg, Ohio, north of Columbus.

No other information was available late Monday.

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