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DU worker hurt in freak accident

By Ronnie Thomas
DAILY Staff Writer

rthomas@decaturdaily.com 340-2438

A freak incident Saturday injured a Decatur Utilities employee as he stood on U.S. 31 South, waiting to repair a power line knocked down by a falling tree limb.

Lead lineman David Evans was part of a crew responding to the service call shortly after 9 a.m., said Miles Wright, DU dispatch communications supervisor.

The line was lying across the highway near Southfield Drive Southeast, and DU called Decatur police for traffic control while the crew raised the line.

"Police waited for an SUV to pass before they stopped traffic," Wright said.

"Apparently, the tires crossing the line popped (the line) up and it snagged underneath the car.

"The car traveled on, pulling the line. When the line snapped, it caught David, who was standing across the highway, on the right knee and flipped him."

An ambulance transported Evans to Decatur General Hospital, where he was treated and released.

"He did not have any broken bones, but he'll be sore for a while," Wright said.

Wright said the downed line knocked out power to 430 customers from Cedar Lake Road south, including several businesses along U.S. 31, such as Joe Sartain Ford and the Med Surg complex.

"The breaker tripped at 9:07 a.m.," Wright said.

"We restored the power to 146 customers within about 40 minutes. The remaining 284 customers had their power back in just over an hour."

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