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One dead, another injured after hitting power line while cutting trees in Addison

One man was killed and another critically injured after they made contact with a backyard power line while cutting tree limbs Tuesday morning in Addison, fire officials said. The men, who did not appear to be professional tree trimmers, made contact with the power line about 11 a.m. in the area of Villa and Myrick avenues in the western suburb, according to Scott Walker, deputy chief of the Addison Fire Protection District. One of the men, identified by authorities as Jose Fulgencio-Hueramo, 51, of Melrose Park, was thrown from a ladder adjacent to the tree. He was transported to Advocate GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, where he was pronounced dead, according to Walker and the DuPage County coroner's office. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. The second man remained secured in the tree after the incident, according to Walker. "ComEd was notified and promptly responded to turn off the electrical power," Walker said.

Firefighters from Addison and Lombard were then able to "quickly get this person down from the tree," Walker said. The man was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove and was in critical condition, Walker said. Walker said the man was unresponsive but was breathing on his own while being transported to the hospital, Walker said. Whether ComEd must be go to a scene to turn off power or can do it remotely depends on the location, according to a ComEd spokeswoman Liz Keating. In this case, the power was turned off after crews reached the scene, she said. Portions of Villa Avenue was closed after the incident, Walker said. An investigation into the incident is continuing

Source: Erin Gallagher Chicago Tribune

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