Two workers were shocked when a dump truck struck electrical wires, polices said. (South Windsor police photo)
Lifestar was called to the scene. (South Windsor police photo)
CL&P crews cut power to allow rescuers to treat the victims. (South Windsor police photo)
SOUTH WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -
Two male construction workers died in South Windsor after a truck made contact with electrical wires Wednesday morning.
Police said it happened in the area of 140 Rye St.
Lt. Scott Custer of the South Windsor Police Department said a trucking company's dump truck came into contact with live power wires while its bed was in the up position.
"There was some sparking going on. They should bring a fire extinguisher but then saw someone on the ground in the driveway," Custer said.
Neighbors said one of the men jumped in to action and tried valiantly to help his driver.
"The driver had exited the vehicle had made contact with his energized truck and went down," Custer said. "It appears a second employee went to render aid and touch the energized truck and also went down."
Both men were transported to area hospitals including one being airlifted by a medical helicopter, according to Custer.
The two workers died a short time later from injuries suffered during the electrical incident. The names of the two men, who police said have no relation, have not been released at this time.
South Windsor police Chief Matthew D. Reed tweeted that the incident was "incredibly tragic."
Connecticut Light and Power crews were able to cut the power so rescuers could treat the victims.
Reed said at no time were the wires down or damaged, they were intact.
Crews did not appear to be doing snow removal or work for the town at the time, but police said that is still being determined.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.
"We'll conduct our investigation and assist them with theirs," Custer said.
Rye Street was closed for a short time while police investigated.
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