Tree trimmer dies after being shocked by power line


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Police say a tree trimmer has died after being shocked by a power line.

WAVY-TV reported Tuesday that the man was suspended in a tree removing some limbs Monday afternoon. One of the branches was touching the man when it also struck a live wire.

Police in Chesapeake confirmed the death on Tuesday.

Authorities identified him as 39-year-old Muhammad Yahya Abdur-Raheem. He lived in Newport News.

Dominion Virginia Power says he worked for Lucas Tree Experts, which the agency contracted for removal services. WAVY said the company has not responded to a request for further comment.

The incident is being investigated by police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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