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2 men killed, possibly electrocuted in tree cutting accident in West Jordan

Posted at 4:36 PM, Jun 02, 2023

WEST JORDAN, Utah — Two workers were killed Friday afternoon in West Jordan when they came in contact with electrical wires while cutting a tree.

West Jordan Police said they received the call reporting the accident around 1:40 p.m. from a neighbor in the area of 1300 West and 7200 South.

The two men, who worked for a wood-cutting service, were using a boom lift that officials said possibly touched electrical wiring. This caused the lift to catch fire.

Firefighters responded and put out the flames, and police officers also responded and found the two men dead at the scene. Their names have not been released yet.

“I know that those two boys, just the little short time that I got to know them, Heaven gained a couple good guys,” said Evan Jensen. The two were in his backyard cutting down an old tree.

Jensen said the two young men were hardworking.

“You can tell they’re dedicated because just to watch them work, they’re very dedicated and honest people," he said.

He hopes this does not happen to anyone else.

“People can learn from this, to say, 'Before you do anything, we need to think a little more on safety,'" Jensen said.

Rocky Mountain Power shut off electricity in the surrounding area for a time.

A family member told FOX 13 News that the two victims were PJ Sala and his best friend, Junior Fa’amoana. A GoFundMe has been set up to help their families with funeral costs, which can be found HERE.

"They were two amazing human beings, hard-working, and loved by us all," an email from their family read. "That day will forever leave a scar in our hearts that we will never heal from. As a family, we must learn not to live without them but to live with the love they left behind."

Both were fathers with young children.