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Power line workers electrocuted

Two Ohio men were electrocuted Monday while working on high-voltage power lines for Duke Energy.

Shortly after noon, the Perry-Clear Creek Fire Department responded to a report of an explosion at 7100 S. Old State Road 37, PCCFD Assistant Chief Dustin Dillard said.

The two men were in the bucket of a cherrypicker truck working near 34,000-volt power lines in the woods behind Prairie Material concrete plant.

Dillard said he was not sure if the two men came into contact with power lines or a transformer.

When firefighters and ambulance personnel arrived, the coworkers of the two men had already lowered and transported the victims out of the woods and to Ohio State Road 37.

The two men were alert and conscious when firefighters arrived, Dillard said. One of the two men told firefighters the box wasn’t working properly.

Both men suffered electrical burns, with one being transported to IU-Bloomington Hospital and the other to IU-Indianapolis Methodist Hospital.

Dennis Barbosa

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