Utility worker dies after accident on Tiger Mountain

August 5, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5, 2011

The utility company worker injured in a Friday morning accident in the Mirrormont neighborhood has died.

The lineman, a 40-year-old Buckley man, sustained critical injuries after a coworker in a work truck ran over him in the early morning hours.

The crew for Sumner-based Potelco had had been working on a downed pole in the Tiger Mountain neighborhood.

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.

The accident occurred at about 3:30 a.m. in the 14500 block of Southeast Tiger Mountain Road in Mirrormont, about five miles from downtown Issaquah. The utility crew responded to the scene after a truck toppled the pole late Thursday night.

Medics transported the injured man to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

Police closed Southeast Tiger Mountain Road at 262nd Avenue Southeast for most of the day. Crews restored power by the late afternoon.

Detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office and state Department of Labor & Industries continue to investigate the incident.

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