Downed power line shocks worker, sparks grass fire

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The power line started a small grass fire, which fire crews couldn

A worker with an oversize truck convoy went up in a bucket truck to lift low-hanging lines.

MARLIN, TX (KCEN) - A downed power line shocked a worker and sparked a small grass fire in Falls County Tuesday morning.

It happened mid-morning on Highway 7, just east of the intersection with Highway 6 in Marlin.

A worker with an oversize truck convoy went up in a bucket truck to lift low-hanging lines.

One of them broke, and the worker was shocked when he picked it back up.

He was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries, but firefighters say he was conscious and talking.

They also said his hand was black and brown.

The power line started a small grass fire, which fire crews couldn't douse with water because the line was still active. Luckily the fire burned out fairly quickly on its own.

The break also caused power outages for parts of the town and set off fire alarms at nearby schools.

Traffic was reduced to one lane while Oncor got the power shut off.


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