Man injured in accident on Tiger Mountain early Friday

August 5, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 12:40 p.m. Aug. 5, 2011

Police said a utility company lineman sustained critical injuries early Friday in a Tiger Mountain neighborhood.

The man, a lineman for Sumner-based Potelco, had been working on a downed pole when a coworker in a work truck ran over him. Medics transported the 40-year-old Buckley man to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The accident occurred at about 3:30 a.m. in the 14500 block of Southeast Tiger Mountain Road in the Mirrormont neighborhood, about five miles from downtown Issaquah.

The workers had been replacing a power pole knocked down earlier in the night.

Investigators said the Buckley man had been at work on the downed pole. Then, as he removed a wire that was under tension, the taut wire snapped back and knocked him backwards and under the rear tires the truck. The truck happened to be driving past a slow speed, and he was caught under the right rear tires and run over.

Detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the incident.

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