One worker dead, another injured in Akron tree trimming accident

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AKRON, Ohio -- One worker is dead and another worker was injured while trimming a tree on Coventry Street in Akron on Tuesday.

The Akron Fire Department says a 38-year-old man, who worked for a private contractor, touched a live wire. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

That power surge ejected a 46-year-old female worker from the lift bucket. She was taken to Akron City Hospital. At last check, police said that her condition seemed to be improving.

A new homeowner had hired the pair to trim trees in the yard of a home he'd just purchased and was planning on renovating.

"The guy up there, he touched the wire, I don't know why, I don't know what happened, and then the whole thing just went into a fireball," said the homeowner, who would only give his first name, Sebastian.

"It just wasn't a pretty sight to see, man, I don't know, I'm still trying to get it out of my head," said a neighbor, who did not want be identified.

"I heard, like a loud boom, my electricity went out in the house, I came outside, they were yelling 'call 911!" said the neighbor.

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