Maine Public Service employee injured in industrial accident

Posted Oct. 13, 2010, at 5:08 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:49 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Maine Public Service worker has been flown to a Boston hospital after an accident in Presque Isle on Tuesday afternoon.

Details about the incident were not released until Wednesday, and few details were available Wednesday evening.

According to the Presque Isle Police Department, Officer Kevin Schumacher received a call for assistance just before 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Maine Public Service substation on Parkhurst Siding Road.

Police are classifying the incident as an “industrial accident” but were not releasing the name of the employee, details of the accident or the extent of the employee’s injuries.

Two Maine Public Service employees who did not want to be identified said the injured worker is Zane Wetzel of Mars Hill. He suffered a flash burn to his arm and upper torso in the accident, they said.

A company CEO confirmed the name and injuries to WAGM-TV on Wednesday evening but did not immediately return calls to the Bangor Daily News.

The injured worker was taken by Crown Ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center and then flown to a Boston hospital, according to police.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration visited the accident scene Wednesday, police said.

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