Man Shocked At Power Substation

1 decade 1 year 2 days ago Friday, October 19 2007 Oct 19, 2007 Friday, October 19, 2007 8:05:58 AM CDT October 19, 2007 in News
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ST. JOSEPH (AP) - A 40-year-old man is in critical condition after being shocked inside a St. Joseph power substation that police believe he broke into to steal copper wiring. Police say the man lost his footing in the Aquila substation Saturday afternoon, and tried to break his fall by grabbing the wire. The man was so severely shocked that he's on a ventilator at Heartland Regional Medical Center, and police say they've been unable to interview him. His name has not been released. The incident caused a two-hour power outage to Rosecrans Memorial Airport and several homes. Copper thefts are becoming more common in Missouri and nationwide due to the steadily rising price of scrap metal. St. Joseph Police are still investigating the electrocution of an 18-year-old man at a substation last month.

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