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Man in hospital after touching power line, residents lose power

MARLIN, TX (KXXV) - More than 500 people in the Marlin area were without power Tuesday morning, after a man grabbed onto a live power line. Falls County officials say the victim's hand was burned, discolored, and cut from the power line. 

The accident happened just after 10 a.m. off Highway 7 and County Road 173 near Marlin. TxDOT says Southwest Industrial Rigging was  carrying the naptha drum from Beaumont to El Paso. The 20 foot high and 24 foot wide load had to go through some power lines, which  forced a few workers moving the drum to move the lines for safety reasons.

Falls County constable Jonathan Shoemaker says one man grabbed onto a live wire and was shocked on impact.

"The victim's hand where he grabbed the power line was burned and discolored in many locations, and it was definitely cut from the power line," Shoemaker said.

The worker then dropped the wire, which caused a small fire to erupt and heavy traffic in the area.

 "There was smoke in the area. Fire that was spreading in the ditch because of the power lines that were down. We couldn't put the water on the power lines because of the electrical hazards to the fire department," Shoemaker said.

540 people, most of them on the east side of town, were without power for a few hours. Oncor was called out to the scene to fix the damage, and the power was restore within a few hours.

The victim has not been identified, but he is recovering at Hillcrest Hospital.
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