Lineman in bucket truck touches power line, killed by thousands of volts
An electrical lineman was blasted earlier this year with thousands of volts of electricity and died of his injuries in North Carolina.
T.C. Simpsom was working on a power line in the Mulberry community of Wilkes County, about 80 miles northwest of Winston-Salem, when the accident happened. He died after spending two days in critical condition.
Typical voltage for a local transmission line is 13,800 volts, experts say, while long distance lines can carry 155,000 to 700,000 volts. It's unclear which type of line shocked Simpson.
He worked for Pike Electric, which is listed as one of the nation's leading providers of transmission and substation maintenance. The accident happened mid-morning, while Simpson was off the ground in a bucket truck.
Source: The Charlotte Observer