Man critically injured by severed power line

Posted at 12:13 PM, Sep 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-05 14:33:06-04

LAYTON, Utah — A man is in critical condition after he was shocked by a severed power line Thursday.

Layton Fire officials said around 10 a.m. they received a call of smoke in the area of Gentile and Chapel Street where a backhoe being loaded onto a trailer severed a power line.

When crews arrived they found a primary distribution line with more than 7,200 volts arcing on the ground. They said a spotter who was watching the tractor being loaded was shocked after the power line was severed.

The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Rocky Mountain Power officials said 231 homes and businesses in the area are without power. The company is working to repair the line and restore power back to customers. They said they expect the power to be back on around 2 p.m.

FOX 13 will update this story with the latest details as soon as they become available.