Man killed after striking power pole in Genesee Township
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:37:51 GMT —
A tragic accident left one man dead and part of Genesee Township without power, including the Genesee County Fair.
According to Chief Kevin Shanlan, from the Genesee County Parks and Recreation, at about 8:20 this morning the driver of a pickup truck heading westbound on Mt. Morris Road left the road and struck a power pole.
This caused the wires from the pole to fall onto the hood of the truck and set the vehicle on fire.
Officials believe that the driver, who is not being identified at this time, was electrocuted when he attempted to exit the truck.
The vehicle then burned around the body of the driver.
The preliminary examination concluded that he was electrocuted before the fire consumed the vehicle, though the medical examiner will have to confirm this conclusion.
A power outage was also caused by the accident, leaving residents in the area, as well as the Genesee County Fair, without power.
According to officials with the fair, power has been restored there. There are still just over 200 customers without power at this time.
It is expected that power will be restored later this afternoon. Workers are putting in a temporary power pole. A permanent solution should be installed within a few weeks.