July 22, 2011
A Dominion Virginia Power worker from Charlottesville was taken to the hospital Friday morning after being injured on the job outside the Rio Hill Apartments.
Residents of the apartment complex located off East Rio Road tell CBS19 they heard what sounded like a loud explosion around 10am and then they lost power. They went outside to find a Dominion worker injured and being loaded into an ambulance.
“It blew up on him and he had a big gash in his leg, so I don’t know what’s going on. The rescue squad came and everybody like ran to save him. I think he was the one that caused our power to cut off,” said Adonis Johnson.
A Dominion Power official has confirmed that an employee was hurt while doing underground power line maintenance. Initial reports were that the injury may have been electrical in nature, but she says it was tool-related.
The worker was transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center. He is alert and being evaluated.
Crews worked to restore power to the apartment complex, and it has been turned back on, according to the Dominion Interactive Outage Map.
When CBS19 left the scene, a safety inspection crew was investigating the incident.