Utility repairman electrocuted

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SHARON, Mass. (AP)– A repairman for Verizon Communications Inc. was electrocuted Sunday morning while fixing a damaged telephone pole in Sharon, a company official said.

Steve Buckman, who had worked for Verizon for 25 years, was among a crew fixing a pole that was damaged in an earlier auto accident.

“He somehow came in contact with a power line,” company spokesman John Bonomo said.

The fire department responded to a report of the worker shocked at about 8:30 a.m. Buckman was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It wasn’t immediately known if Buckman was on the pole or on the ground when he was electrocuted, Bonomo said.

Buckman, whose age was not immediately known, worked out of Verizon’s Foxborough garage. His job title was outside-plant technician.

Sharon police and Verizon are investigating. No other injuries were reported.

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