Worker severely burned after hitting power line in Greenwood Village

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - A man suffered what appeared to be second degree burns over 60 percent of his body after he struck an underground power line with a tamping bar.

The victim, whose name hasn't been released, was part of a two-man crew digging a hole for a sign on vacant property just south of the Landmark complex in Greenwood Village.

They were using an auger to drill the hole and a tamping bar to pack down some of the soil.

Greenwood Village Police Chief John Jackson told 7NEWS they started receiving phone calls around 9:30 Tuesday morning about a possible explosion.

That explosion turned out to be a big electrical flash that happened when the equipment hit the underground line.

Jackson said the accident left and estimated 3,000 customers without power in the Lankdmark complex and adjacent properties.

At 11 a.m. he said Xcel Energy crews are working to restore power.

The chief declined to name the company involved in the digging operation.

He did say the injured man was rushed to the hospital and his wife has been notified.

When asked if the man's injuries appeared to be life threatening, the chief said he didn't know.

He did say the safety lesson from this incident is to call first before you dig.



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