Man dies after utility accident on Tiger Mountain

August 9, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

A utility company worker died after a predawn accident Aug. 5 in the Mirrormont neighborhood.

The lineman, a 40-year-old Buckley man, James B. Waters, 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 been working on a downed pole in the Tiger Mountain neighborhood.

Investigators said Waters 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 backward and under the rear tires of the truck. The truck happened to be driving past at 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 south of downtown Issaquah. The utility crew had responded to the scene after a truck toppled the pole late Aug. 4.

Medics transported Waters to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, and he died at the hospital later in the day.

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.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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