PRAIRIEVILLE — A Mississippi man working in an elevated boom truck was electrocuted late Thursday morning in Ascension Parish when he apparently came into contact with overhead power lines along La. 73, authorities said.
The electrocution and subsequent efforts to recover the victim’s body resulted in the shutdown of La. 73 between La. 42 and Airline Highway for a few hours. Authorities also said power was cut to the immediate area for safety reasons, but Entergy Corp. said power was later restored.
Prairieville Fire Deputy Chief Ray Poché said the man, identified by sheriff’s deputies as Courtney Jones, 38, of Yazoo, Mississippi, was trying to use a weighted rope to string new cable through heavy vegetation alongside La. 73 when he ran into the energized power line.
Sheriff’s deputies said in a news release that Jones worked for Cable Works and was electrocuted about 11 a.m.
The section of La. 73 where the incident happened has a tall tree canopy alongside it with several large live oaks and is in the community known as Oak Grove.
Poché said Jones was about 30 feet in the air in a bucket at the end of his truck’s boom. Power was cut for safety reasons during the body recovery.
The discharge of power also zapped the bucket’s control panel. Emergency responders had to get up in the boom to open a hydraulic valve so the boom would come down, Poché said.
Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, chief of criminal operations for the Sheriff’s Office, said Cable Works is investigating the incident.
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