Bala Cynwyd, Lower Merion Township, PA — A tree worker came into contact with high-powered electrical lines in Bala Cynwyd this morning, according to Township officials. The worker had severe burns all over his body, officials reported, with the worst being on his elbows and his ankles.
Officials speaking on condition of anonymity outlined the current theory of what happened for TAPinto. A worker was in the boom clearing trees to make way for some new construction. The officials said that this worker cut a branch and it came into contact with SEPTA power lines and the truck simultaneously.
The worker that cut the branch was fine, officials said, because he was grounded. But another worker on the ground either came into contact with the truck at the exact moment the branch touched the truck and the SEPTA lines, or that worker had been leaning against the truck.
This is what caused the power to surge down from the lines, officials added, into this man's elbow, through his body, and out of his ankles, severely burning him.
The call for help Came in around 11 AM. Lower Merion Police, EMS, and the fire department chief responded to 29 Bala Ave. near Balwyn Place.
The worker was treated on the scene by the medics from Narberth Ambulance and he was quickly whisked to Lankenau Medical Center trauma unit. Sources say the man was in critical condition and stabilized by the trauma unit, and that the man was responsive and talking to the medics while they were on the scene.
Reports are that the man has just been medivaced to Jefferson Hospital. It is unknown why he is being transferred away from Lankenau.
Officials from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are at the scene of the incident. All equipment is in the exact same spot as when the incident happened. Our sources say that nothing can be moved until OSHA finishes inspecting the scene and clears the area.
No further details are available at the time.
This is a developing story and we will provide details as they become available