PATOKA, Ind. (WFIE) - Dispatch confirms a wreck involving a train and a bucket truck.
According to Gibson County Dispatch, the wreck happened at the Cross Street crossing in Patoka. A Duke Energy crew was responding to an outage caused by Wednesday’s storms.
A Gibson County Sheriff’s deputy says the Duke Energy worker was working on a downed power line when a CSX train was coming through the area. The cable snagged the train, causing the cable to hit the worker.
The deputy tells our team at the scene the worker was knocked out of the bucket, but did not hit the ground because he was wearing a harness.
This worker was taken to a local hospital, and is under observation and alert. A Duke representative on scene says that he’s thankful that this accident wasn’t worse than what it was.
“That’s the blessing that we have here today is that the employee was harnessed in, and all the safety measures were put in place,” says Duke Energy representative Kurt Phegley. “That’s our main thoughts right now. We want to make sure that he’s safe. And making sure that his family members are cared for properly.”
Duke is conducting an accident investigation with the employees that were on the scene when this happened.
We have reached out to the CSX corporate office for a statement, and have not heard back.