Two men were fatally electrocuted while performing routine right-of-way maintenance on power lines near Tanglewood Loop earlier this week.
Around noon on Monday, 911 received a call that two men had been electrocuted. First responders learned that the men, Michael Brister, 41 and William Bailey, 35, were working around a high voltage power line.
A tree trimming crew had been performing routine right-of-way maintenance when a piece of equipment became entangled and de-energized the power line. Bailey, a lineman for Cleco Power, was dispatched to the outage, and he and Brister were working to resolve the situation when the line was energized.
Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene, and Brister was airlifted by helicopter to Beauregard Memorial Hospital, but later died of injuries he sustained.
President of Cleco Power, Deliek Samil, said, “We would like to express our deepest sympathies to everyone involved in the incident including the families of both men and the Cleco family.” She said that Bailey was an experienced and very qualified line mechanic and this was a horrible tragedy.
The contractor responsible for trimming the trees was not immediately available for comment.