Friday, December 30, 2016

Ray Lockhart, line specialist with WIN Energy, was electrocuted to death in Sullivan County, Indiana

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – WIN Energy released a statement Thursday morning after an employee was killed while on the job in Sullivan County on Wednesday evening.

“WIN Energy REMC has suffered a great loss with the passing of Ray Lockhart, line specialist in the Sullivan district,” the statement read.

Lockhart and a crew were working on a power line on County Road 1100 N in Farmersburg on Wednesday afternoon when the accident happened. Police on scene told our crew that the line they were working on should not have had any electricity running to it.

When Lockhart picked up the line, he was electrocuted.

The Sullivan County Coroner reported an autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

“Ray came to WIN Energy REMC as an experienced Line Specialist and worked at the cooperative for three and a half years,” the release continued to say. “Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife, children, family, and friends. He will be greatly missed by his cooperative family.”


SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Crews were on the scene of a fatal accident in Sullivan County.

The accident happened near West County Road 1100 North and North County Road 25 West.

According to police, a utility worker was working on a power line in the area.

The line wasn’t supposed to have any electricity running to it.

When the worker picked up the line, he was electrocuted.

The Sullivan County Coroner’s office has confirmed Ray Lockhart, 46, of Linton died in that accident. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning at 10.

The accident has resulted in a power outage in parts of the area.

Win Energy’s website was reporting 43 customers without power in the area.


Published: 12/29/16 12:18 pm EST.

FARMERSBURG, Ind. (AP) - Officials say a utility worker died after being shocked while working on a downed power line in rural western Indiana.

The Sullivan County coroner's office says 46-year-old Ray Lockhart of Linton died Wednesday afternoon while working at the site along a county road near the town of Farmersburg. Utility crews were working to repair a power outage in the area about 15 miles south of Terre Haute when Lockhart was shocked.

Vincennes-based WIN Energy REMC says Lockhart was an experienced line specialist who had worked for the electric utility for three and a half years.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Department says the utility and state safety regulators will investigate why the downed line still had power and whether proper safety procedures were followed.