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UPDATED: Construction worker dies after electrical accident in Dumfries

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UPDATED: A construction worker whose extended power lift hit an electrical transmission line outside a Dumfries apartment complex Tuesday afternoon has died from his injuries, officials said Tuesday night.

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Prince William Fire & Rescue teams were working with Dominion Energy to rescue two construction workers trapped in this power lift after the lift came in contact with power lines near a Dumfries apartment complex.

The worker, who has not yet been identified, was injured during the incident, which was first reported to Prince William County fire and rescue units at about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24, according to Assistant Fire Chief Matt Smolsky.

The man was one of two workers -- a man and a woman -- who were standing inside the extended power lift when it struck the utility line. The female worker was not injured but was transported to an area hospital for observation, Smolsky said in an email Tuesday evening.

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Prince William County firefighters rescue two workers trapped in an extended power lift that apparently struck a power line outside a Dumfries apartment complex Tuesday, Aug. 24.

The death has been categorized as an unattended death and will be investigated by the Prince William County Police Department, Smolsky said.

Firefighters responded to the Shorehaven apartment complex, located in the 1600 block of Porters Inn Drive near Walmart, at about 1:27 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, in response to the accident.

Firefighters managed to rescue the workers sometime before 5 p.m. The rescue effort was delayed until Dominion Energy crews could secure the electrical lines to ensure that the rescue effort was safe, Smolsky said.

Witnesses on scene said the two appeared to be working on shutters at the apartment complex before residents heard a "boom," and the power shut off.  A resulting power outage initially affected more than 46,000 residents in Woodbridge and Lake Ridge, according to Dominion Energy spokeswoman Sharonda Shepard.

Power was restored to all but about 34,000 residents by about 3:30 p.m. after Dominion Energy conducted an emergency switch of two transmission lines, Shepard said. 

5:30 p.m.: Two workers trapped in a power lift that apparently struck live electrical lines during construction work outside a Dumfries apartment complex were rescued by firefighters sometime before 5 p.m. Tuesday, and power has been largely restored to more than 46,000 customers initially impacted by a resulting outage covering large swaths of eastern Prince William County.

Firefighters responded to the Shorehaven apartment complex, located in the 1600 block of Porters Inn Drive near Walmart, at about 1:27 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, in response to the accident.

They arrived to find two workers -- a man and a woman -- trapped in an extended power lift that had apparently struck the electrical lines, according to Prince William County Assistant Fire Chief Matt Smolsky.

Both workers were transported to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center immediately after they were rescued. Their conditions were not immediately available, Smolsky said in a text message.

Witnesses on scene said the two appeared to be working on shutters at the apartment complex before residents heard a "boom," and the power shut off.  A resulting power outage initially affected more than 46,000 residents in Woodbridge and Lake Ridge, according to Dominion Energy spokeswoman Sharonda Shepard.

Power was restored to all but about 34,000 residents by about 3:30 p.m. after Dominion Energy conducted an emergency switch of two transmission lines, Shepard said. 

The rescue crews had to wait until Dominion Energy secured the power lines in the immediate area of the accident to ensure the rescue mission was safe. The workers were eventually rescued by firefighters utilizing a ladder truck.

Several Prince William County schools lost power as a result of the incident. The school division said students would be released as usual but cautioned that school buses could be late as a result of traffic congestion caused by traffic-light outages around the area.

About 270 customers around Rippon Boulevard in Woodbridge remained without power as of about 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Dominion Energy website. But it was not immediately clear whether that outage was related to the construction accident.

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(2) comments

sidewinder

This is one of the saddest articles I have ever read.

The man lost his life while working his job, trying to provide for his family.

Michelena86

Absolutely heartbreaking to hear about the loss of one of the workers. Hopefully workers will gain additional training to help prevent any future accidents. Will keep those who were affected in our thoughts and prayers.

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