Men Killed After Being Electrocuted in Hudson Valley Identified
Police are identifying the two people who died after being electrocuted working on power lines in the Hudson Valley.
On Monday, the men were electrocuted while tightening a wire at the base of a transmission pole on Mount Peter in Warwick just before noon. A fire sparked and both men were later pronounced dead on the scene.
The victims were private contractors for Orange and Rockland Utilities.
"The guy wire became energized at some point for some reason, and that's in the investigation," Orange and Rockland Utilities spokesman Mike Donovan told ABC. "We don't know that reason, and I don't want to kid you to think we do. We are impounding all the equipment so that we can get a look at it and take it back and study it and see what's going on."
Police later identified the two men as 51-year-old Derrick Paris of New Jersey and 28-year-old Justin McLoughlin of Georgia, ABC reports. They were described as being veteran workers with years of experience.
Investigators are still looking into what energized the wires, which aren't typically electrified.
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