Durant construction worker severely burned after touching power line

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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) -- The 911 call came in around 11:45 a.m. Monday.

"I was back over there working there on the building and I heard him," said a witness Humberto Vacquez."He was saying, 'help.' "

Vacquez said he was doing construction at the Bryan County Courthouse when he saw a man in a lift in between two power lines.

"He was back in the building and that's where he touched it," said Vacquez. "He touched the cable back on his shoulders."

Durant firefighters said the unidentified worker was trying to work on the brick of Durant City Hall when it happened.

"He was awake but not talking to us," said Durant Fire Battalion Chief Steve Kelso. "Actually sitting up looking at us"

Bryan County EMS said the worker is in serious condition and has second and third degree burns to his right shoulder and right hand and has possible internal injuries. He was awake and coherent when first responders arrived, but was flown to an OKC burn unit.

Power was temporarily shut off in the area, but has since been restored according to OG&E.

"I hope that he's alright," said Vacquez.

"This is the first actual power accident we've had in a long time around here," said Kelso. "We don't want to jinx ourselves, but folks are pretty safe up here. We did have a pretty good response help today. I appreciate everyone from OG&E with their response today."

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