April 21, 2014
POND EDDY, N.Y. (AP) - New York authorities say a man was fatally electrocuted early today when he tried to cut through a downed power line with an industrial saw.
Authorities say the 64-year-old Pond Eddy man was drunk and ignored repeated orders to stay away from the cable.
The accident happened in the presence of firefighters who had been guarding the fallen line. The Sullivan County public safety commissioner says officials chased the man away from the line several times before he fetched the saw from his house.
Authorities say the line fell in a storm yesterday and had been down for about seven hours while utility crews tended to damage elsewhere.