UPDATE: Lineman Shocked While Working on Power Lines Dies

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UPDATE (11/10/16) – Authorities identified the victim as Evan Hopperstad of Capron.


OSHA officials have confirmed this morning that the lineman, badly shocked by a live electrical line while working on a power line project in Winnebago County Monday, has died.

‘Eyewitness News’ has learned the name and age of the man who was killed, but is withholding that information until it can be confirmed by the Dane County, WI Coroner’s office, which is the location of the hospital where the victim was flown from the accident scene.

OSHA was informed of the death Tuesday morning and has opened an investigation, including sending an investigator to the scene.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department confirms the worker was in an elevated bucket on a bucket truck when he somehow became grounded, allowing electricity from a live high voltage power line to critically hurt him.  The project was for ComEd, but the lineman was an employee of an unidentified subcontractor.


A lineman who was doing contract work for ComEd was critically hurt after being shocked Monday afternoon.

Rescue officials say he was working on installing a new line on Montague Road near the intersection of Weldon Road when at around 1pm, he accidentally became grounded while dealing with a live power line.

His injuries were so serious, he was flown directly to UW Madison for emergency treatment, and was last listed in critical condition.

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