Sunday, February 19, 2017

A worker with the Willbros Group killed and another injured while repairing a downed power line in Tyler, Texas

(Photo: Goldman, David)

UPDATE: Power crew worker electrocuted identified
KYTX 5:46 PM. CST February 17, 2017

TYLER - UPDATE: Police have released the identity of the worker killed and the other person injured while repairing a downed power line early Friday.

Wesley Ray Cain, 34, of Whitehouse died at ETMC in Tyler, and Billy Titsworth, 42, of Wills Point is hospitalized in a Dallas hospital.

Both victims are employees of Willbros Group, the company contracted by Oncor to repair a downed power pole at the intersection of Loop 323 and New Copland Road.

Willbros is a global contractor specializing in energy infrastructure serving the oil, gas and power industries.


One Oncor contracted employee was killed and one was injured Friday morning while working to repair a downed power pole after a car accident.

An Oncor contractor company was called to repair a pole at the intersection of New Copland Road and East Southeast Loop 323 early Friday morning.

During repairs, two employees came in contact with a hot wire and were electrocuted. Both were taken to ETMC, and one has died from his/her injures. The other remains critically injured.

The accident happened at 1:30 a.m. when a car hit the telephone pole causing it to fall into the road. The suspect fled the scene and abandoned the car near T. K. Gorman.

Police are still searching for the suspect.

According to an Oncor spokesperson, 1,000 residents are still without power.

Crews are still working at the intersection and only one eastbound lane on the loop is open at this time. Please seek alternate routes if in the area.