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PA Tree Trimmer Electrocuted

EDGEWORTH, PA – The owner of a tree service died Wednesday afternoon, apparently from electrocution, after he touched a power line on a job in Edgeworth.

Police Chief John English said the victim, Chester Sipes, of DLS Tree Service, caught fire in his truck’s raised bucket on Chestnut Road.

“From what we can see, we believe his back hit a very powerful line. I witnessed it as I was coming up the road,” English said. “We tried to get him out. The truck was dead because it didn’t appear as if it was grounded, so we were having a difficult time getting it down.”

Sky 4 flew over the scene, as paramedics worked hard on the man in the yard of a house across the street from Edgeworth Elementary School. The bucket truck was parked a few feet away, with yellow tape surrounding it.

SLIDESHOW:  Images from the accident scene

Sipes, 47, of Aliquippa, was loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher and taken to Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

Quaker Valley School District Superintendent Joseph Clapper said some students in a fourth-grade classroom, as well as bus drivers, witnessed the incident from Edgeworth Elementary. It also caused lights to flicker in the school.

Clapper said kindergarten students were being dismissed at the time, but it was not immediately clear if any of them saw what happened.

Allegheny County homicide detectives are investigating the man’s death.

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