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Contact with power lines sends man to hospital


Town of Seymour (WQOW) - A man is rushed to the hospital after a high-voltage electrical shock.

It happened Thursday morning at Toy's Scrap and Salvage in the Town of Seymour. According to Eau Claire County Sheriff's deputies the man, from Minnesota, was standing on the running board of his semi. A mechanical device being used to cover the truck with a tarp came in contact with a 69,000 volt power line. The man received an electrical shock that threw him to the ground.  

He suffered multiple burns and the electrical current exited through one of his feet. He was conscious when taken by ambulance to Eau Claire. He was later transferred to a burn center.   His name and condition have not been released.

OSHA is investigating.

That incident knocked out power for about an hour to more than 800 customers in the towns of Seymour, Ludington and Wilson.


Eau Claire County (Press Release) - Eau Claire County Sheriff's deputies responded Thursday around 9:30 a.m. to Toy's Scrap and Salvage, 8010 Olson Drive, Town of Seymour for a reported electrocution.

Investigation showed a 33-year-old Minnesota man, an employee of Northern Metal Recycling, stopped his tractor/trailer unit in the parking lot of Toy's Scrap and Salvage to cover his load.  The trailer was equipped with a mechanized tarp roller which came into contact with an overhead power line. The truck operator was thrown clear of the truck after receiving an electrical shock.  The incident also caused a small fire within the load that was contained within the trailer.

Township Fire and Sheriff units remained on scene while personnel from Eau Claire Electric and Dairyland Power interrupted the flow of electricity to facilitate the moving of the tractor/trailer unit.

The man was transported by Eau Claire Fire and Rescue and later transferred to a regional burn center.

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