One utility worker electrocuted, one injured in Barber County

One man was electrocuted and another injured in rural Barber County on Thursday, authorities said.

Two employees of Track Utility were setting a utility pole when a gust of wind twisted the pole out of the grapple arms of the utility truck, the Barber County Sheriff’s Office reported. The pole fell into an electric line above where the employees were working.

Dakota Holt, 20, of Coulee Dam, Wash., and Michael Rowan, 29, of Garden City were holding the pole when it touched the line, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. They were both shocked by the current that passed through the pole.

Holt was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Medicine Lodge, where he died a short time later. Rowan was flown by air ambulance to a Wichita hospital for treatment of burns to his hands, feet and face. He is in serious condition in the burn unit at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis.

No signs of negligence were found at the scene, authorities said.