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November 20, 2013

One injured as boom lift incident knocks out power

TERRE HAUTE — Electrical power was knocked out to a portion of the city this afternoon and one person was injured when a boom lift touched a high-tension line in an alley near Sixth and Swan streets.

One man sustained burns and was transported from the scene for medical treatment, according to John Long, battalion chief for the Terre Haute Fire Department.

Two men were in the boom lift when the incident occurred around 3:30 p.m., Long said. One man was uninjured, but the men were trapped in the elevated lift. They were contractors working on the roof of a building behind Honeycreek Vigo Title Services.

“We got them out by operating their lift and getting them down,” Long said.

Duke Energy crews were called in as power was reportedly knocked out in an area bounded by First to 13th streets and Walnut to Oak streets. At the time of the incident, more than 800 power outages were reported in Vigo County on the Duke Energy website.

Traffic signals in the area also lost power, with traffic encountering four-way stops at intersections.


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