October 14, 2011
A man from Augusta Springs, Virginia, was electrocuted on Thursday morning while working with a crew to prune trees away from power lines between New Hope and Grottoes.
According to The News Virginian, the 43-year-old victim was at work on Middle Lane Road around 11 a.m. when the accident occurred. Witnesses say the man was standing in the bucket of a bucket truck. The boom on the bucket felled a 36-foot tree, which knocked power lines over and onto the victim.
“He got tangled up in the power line,” Sheriff Randy Fisher told The Daily News Leader.
The man died instantly. Several crew members attempted to revive him but were unsuccessful.
The victim was employed by Asplundh Tree Expert Co., which trims trees for Dominion Virginia Power.
An official investigation into the man’s death will be conducted by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.
The man’s death will also be investigated by the sheriff’s office, Dominion Virginia Power, and Asplundh.
The victim’s identity has not yet been released.