Illinois police say that a man was electrocuted while attempting to lift a power line so that an oversized load could pass under it this week.
Around 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, police were called to a location on Old State Road south of Kirkland, Illinois, for a report of a worker who had been electrocuted, according to a report from the Dekalb Daily Chronicle.
Rescue crews were unable to get to the worker until after the power lines were deactivated. After paramedics were able to reach him, the worker, 36 year Luke Carmichael, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities say that Carmichael had been operating a boom lift on another semi truck to try to lift up power lines to allow a second semi truck hauling a grain bin to pass underneath.
The power lines came into contact with the boom lift, which caused Carmichael’s electrocution.
The incident is under investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and the DeKalb County Coroner’s Office.