Man Killed in Power Line Accident Identified

The man died after trying to move a downed power line Friday night in San Mateo.

A man who while trying to move a downed power line in San Mateo on Friday night has been identified as 55-year-old Enrique Tello, according to authorities.

Tello came across the downed line Friday night around 6:30 p.m. at 1658 S. Norfolk St. near Kehoe, according to Pacific Gas and Electric.

Tello, who was driving by in a pickup truck, apparently got out and attempted to move the power line out of the road, suffering major injuries in the process, PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said.

He was transported to Stanford Medical Center where he died later Friday night, Guidi said.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the victim and his family," Guidi said.

The downed line caused 3,300 PG&E customers in San Mateo to lose power Friday night, including parts of downtown San Mateo.

By 9:33 p.m., power had been restored to all but 73 of those customers.

Remaining customers had their power returned by about 11 a.m. Saturday, according to San Mateo police.

Residents who encounter a downed power line should treat them as if they are live or energized and stay away from them, according to police.

Call 911, then call PG&E at 1 (800) 743-5002.

-- Bay City News


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Lynn Gott April 22, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Extremely laim reporting. Did the victim live nearby? Why was the line down? There was no big weather at that time.Did another irresponsible drayage type truck driver cause it as has been done many times up here in Belmont? Can the San Mateo Patch do better than this?


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