Louisiana town’s employee dies after being electrocuted

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Town of Welsh Facebook page

WELSH, La. (AP) — A Louisiana town’s employee has been killed after being electrocuted.

Lyle Fontenot was killed Tuesday after touching an electric line while working in a bucket truck in Welsh, news outlets reported.

Fontenot, a longtime employee of the town, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, Mayor Carolyn Louviere confirmed.

“So often simple things are taken for granted … electricity is one of those. Our men work tirelessly to provide the power that is needed in our Town. Today one of our own was taken from us by the volts that run through our lines,” the town posted on its Facebook page. “This terrible accident took the life of a husband, son, brother, father, grandfather & friend to many….Please keep all our men and their families in your prayers! Please pray for the Fontenot Family and support them in their time of need!!”

Further details were not immediately released.

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