YORK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- According to York Police, two workers for Atlantic Paving Company were paving one of the three driveways on Red Berry Lane in York, Maine. Richard Dixon, 42, touched the bed of the dump truck that was touching some power lines.
York Police Chief, Douglas Bracy, says "at the time, the driver didn't hear anything. Normally there would be communication between that person and the back of the truck and the driver. She got out of the truck and said that she felt like the vehicle was energized with electricity. Went around and located the subject, another worker, laying on the ground."
Sgt. Thomas Baran says, "the situation was serious in that the truck was still attached to the wired, the truck was on fire, the tires were burning, and that made it a very insecure area."
Police, Fire, and Rescue were unable to reach Dixon until Central Maine Power shut off the 7200 volts of electricity running through the wires. An electrical outlet in a home has just 120 volts.
Dixon was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at York Hospital. Chief Bracy says that Atlantic Paving Company is a local, family-owned paving company, and that the driver and the victim are related.
Bracy says in his 30 years with York Police he can't recall anything like this ever happening. "Over the number of years we've had people on roof ladders and back in to them, power lines that were close to residences."
York Police and Central Maine Power are investigation how to prevent this from happening again.
Central Maine Power says about 2500 customers were out of power due to the accident, and service was restored in York by 7:20 pm.