Yard work took a dangerous turn on Friday when a power line broke and fell, striking a youth on the head and shoulder.
“He’s lucky,” said John Shelton, Surry County emergency services director. “He was not shocked. He was conscious and alert and in very stable condition. He refused transport.”
The unidentified 16-year-old was doing yard work at 100 Thompson Lane in Pilot Mountain at approximately 11:15 a.m. Friday when a small, secondary power line snapped and fell down, according to Shelton. The line struck the young man and a nearby car.
“He escaped the current when it popped him on the head and shoulder,” said Shelton.
Shelton said he is not sure why the line broke.
A spokesperson for Duke Energy, Grace Rountree, confirmed Friday that a power line had come down, affecting power at three homes.
“Our crews are on the site, and power has been restored,” she said late Friday afternoon.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by Duke Energy crews, according to Rountree.
Rountree declined to speculate on possible causes for the wire coming down, saying there were multiple possible causes.
“Our crews are trying to figure that out.”
Rountree said, “It’s always important for customers to focus on safety and stay away from power line hazards if they occur.”
She offered these safety tips:
1. Stay away from power lines that have fallen or are sagging. Consider all lines energized, and do not touch anything that is on or near a power line, such as trees, tree limbs, cars, or ladders;
2. Keep children and pets away from areas where lines may have fallen;
3. If a power line falls across a car that you’re in, stay in the car. If you must get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground;
4. Report downed power lines to Duke Energy and your local emergency services department.
Reach Bill Colvard at 336-415-4699.