DALLAS (AP) - Emergency personnel in Dallas today used a
firetruck's ladder to reach a severely burned man near the top of a
pole connected to high-voltage power lines.
Oncor Electric Delivery spokeswoman Carol Peters told The
Associated Press that the man does not work for the electric
She says the pole carried about 7,000 volts. A standard pole has
a height of about 40 feet.
Dallas police are investigating whether the man was trying to
Live TV coverage showed the man's shirt in tatters, his jeans
mostly burned away from his body, except for part of his leg. His
skin looked red and he appeared to be in physical distress as
rescue personnel eased him down the ladder.
Medical personnel attended to the man, whose condition was not
immediately available. He was transported to a Dallas hospital.
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