Man suffers severe burns while working on power line in Lawrence

photo by: Rochelle Valverde/Lawrence Journal-World

Electrical crews are seen parked along 22nd Street on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, near the area where a worker was reportedly burned in an accident.

An electrical worker suffered severe burns on Tuesday while working on a power line near 22nd and New Hampshire streets, according to emergency radio traffic.

Emergency responders on the scene said the man suffered third-degree burns on his legs, torso and one of his arms while “working on a hot line” for an electrical company, according to emergency radio traffic recorded by the Journal-World’s news partner Operation 100 News. The man was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

Gina Penzig, a spokeswoman for electricity provider Evergy, said the company was informed of an “electric contact” in Lawrence and company personnel and emergency crews were responding. As of 5 p.m., she said the company did not have any other information to provide.

Tom Fagan, division chief of administration for Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, confirmed that the department responded to a call for a possible electrocution in that area and an individual at the scene was transported to an area hospital. Fagan said he couldn’t provide any further information, citing patient privacy concerns.

About 200 Evergy customers in the vicinity were left without power for several hours after the incident, according to Evergy’s online outage map.

photo by: Rochelle Valverde

Workers stand outside of a home on 22nd Street on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, after an electrical worker was reportedly burned in an accident.

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