York man dies after touching electrified dump truck

Posted Aug. 08, 2012, at 10:58 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 09, 2012, at 4:37 a.m.

YORK, Maine — A York man died from electrocution Wednesday afternoon after touching a dump truck that had come in contact with live electrical wires.

The victim has been identified as Christopher Dixon, 42, York police Sgt. Thomas Cryan said in a news release.

The incident happened shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Red Berry Lane, Cryan said.

A caller told emergency dispatchers from the York Communication Center that a man had been electrocuted after touching the dump truck, which had come into contact with live electrical wires and that immediate assistance was needed.

When they arrived at the scene, police and fire personnel determined that the man did need assistance but that the scene was not safe because of live wires. They contacted Central Maine Power and asked the electrical service to the area be shut off so emergency medical personnel could reach Dixon safely.

Dixon then was taken to York Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Cryan said.

The accident remains under investigation by York police and various state agencies, Cyran said.

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