Arizona Public Service says lineman shocked, hospitalized

Arizona Public Service says lineman shocked, hospitalized

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) – Arizona Public Service says one of their linemen is in the hospital after he came in contact with power lines west of Phoenix.

APS spokeswoman Anna Haberlein says the man was working in the Buckeye area Tuesday afternoon when he was shocked by an energized power distribution line.

Details of the worker’s injuries weren’t released, but Haberlein says he was taken to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix. His name and age were not released.

The company says its workers are trained to protect each other while working around electricity and the injury is one of the worst fears of utility workers.

Contact with power lines can cause severe burns or death.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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