West Gardiner man electrocuted by utility wire

Posted June 22, 2012, at 5:22 p.m.
Last modified June 22, 2012, at 6:19 p.m.

WEST GARDINER, Maine — A log truck operator was killed after his vehicle came in contact with a power line on Friday afternoon.

West Gardiner Fire Chief Chris McLaughlin said the victim, a man in his late 40s or early 50s from West Gardiner, was electrocuted while moving logs near power lines.

Lucas Tree Experts of Portland was clearing trees away from Central Maine Power lines, according to McLaughlin. He said the log truck operator who was electrocuted was a subcontractor and didn’t work for Lucas Tree Experts.

“He was operating a boom carrying logs and contacted the wire. It electrocuted the operator,” said McLaughlin. The area around the operator also caught on fire.

McLaughlin wouldn’t release the name of the operator.

The incident knocked out power to 6,900 residents in Richmond and southern Kennebec County, The Associated Press reported. A few hundred residents were still without power late Friday afternoon.