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Tue Jun 4, 2019, 03:08 PM

2 utility workers dead after power pole falls on them in Marble Falls

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https://www.statesman.com/news/20190603/2-utility-workers-dead-after-power-pole-falls-on-them-in-marble-falls

2 utility workers dead after power pole falls on them in Marble Falls

By Mary Huber
@marymhuber
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at 2:27 PM Updated Jun 3, 2019 at 4:28 PM

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The two men have been identified as 30-year-old Patrick Sheesley of Wilson, Kansas, and 49-year-old Bryan Weatherford of Windwood, Oklahoma. Authorities said they worked for the Spokane, Washington-based company Maslonka Powerline Services, which was performing work as part of a contract with Pedernales Electric Cooperative.

Authorities say the job site accident happened around 3:40 p.m. Saturday on undeveloped land near Texas 71 and Twisted Oaks Drive, which is south of Horseshoe Bay near the Llano County line.

When deputies were called to the scene, they said medics had confirmed the two workers were dead. They interviewed a surviving worker, who said that the metal utility pole, which is estimated to weigh between 9,000 and 10,000 pounds, had fallen on the men during lifting operations, officials said. Their bodies have been sent to the medical examiner for autopsies.

Pedernales Electric Cooperative said the men were working on a 25-mile transmission line upgrade from the Wirtz substation to Mountain Top substation and were offloading transmission poles when the accident happened.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 03:11 PM

1. marble falls, what did you DO?!?

J/K

Healing vibes going out to their families and loved ones ...

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 03:21 PM

2. I know ... how these guys managed to allow themselves to get under the load. We ...

heard the FD turn out and it seemed every vehicle was on that call.

This is a very uncommon accident.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 03:27 PM

3. I saw that story in the news last night.

What a freak accident. Condolences to the family and friends.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 03:31 PM

4. I'm just surprised it happened.

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