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May 10, 2012

Tree-trimmer electrocuted near Pittsburgh

EDGEWORTH — Officials in western Pennsylvania say a tree-trimmer died after he was shocked by a high voltage power line.

The Beaver County Times reports that 47-year-old Chester Sipes of Raccoon Township was in a D.L.S. Tree Service bucket truck when he backed into the power line just before 2 p.m. Wednesday in Edgeworth, which is about 15 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Edgeworth Police Chief John English said he and two other workers called for help immediately but it took crews about 10 minutes to lower the bucket because the electronic controls had been destroyed.

Sipes was taken by ambulance to Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital, where the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said he was pronounced dead at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.


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