Man Trying To Steal Copper Wire Killed By Downed Power Line

CHICAGO (CBS) — An unidentified man apparently trying to steal copper wire in a southwest suburban park was killed Wednesday night when a power line fell on him.

WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports that Lockport Township fire officials said it appears the man was on a utility pole in Dellwood Park in Lockport when electric wires came down and he caught fire.

“It’s in one of the remote areas of the park. They got down there … and they found the gentleman who was burning on the ground in the vicinity of some downed power lines,” Lockport Township Fire Protection District Chief Dave Skoryi said.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

Lockport Township Park District Police Chief John Waxweiler said it looks as if the man had been trying to steal copper wire.

Lockport Township Fire Battalion Chief Paul Hertzmann said there was nothing fire crews could do for about an hour because they had to wait for ComEd crews to arrive to shut off power.

“He was on the ground upon arrival. The entire area was energized including surrounding trees and the ground itself, so we couldn’t get right up to the person that was injured until the power was shut off,” Hertzmann said. “The police at first had come upon the person that was down and, from my understanding, one of the officers pulled up in proximity of where the person was at and exited his vehicle and received a, like a tingling, and so got back in the car and backed away.”

Firefighters were able to put out the fire and retrieve the man’s body after ComEd workers cut power to the utility lines.

The Will County Coroner’s office said the victim has not been identified. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

  • tom Sharp

    Darwin Award?

  • reggid


  • TONY

    good for him

  • Fontaisha

    HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa, that’s hilarious. Negros!!!!!

    • DJ

      fu n*gger


      Of course, who else? LMAO

  • Gabe

    I guess he saw the light.

  • PG

    He felt the power!!!!!! LOL! Good bye loser!

  • Doug

    There IS a God! Wish she’d step in like this a little more often.

    • Angela

      Doug, God is a he.

  • Bob Hamilton

    I think that he got what he deserved.

  • Bob Hamilton

    The photo which appears with this story was not the one involved. The editors just included that picture in case you did not know what a power line looked like. It would be too much like actual reporting to have gotten an actual picture from the scene.

  • Tom

    Hey Bob. Perhap’s by the time the news crew got there all the excitement was over. On the other hand, if I ever get word that your laying in your yard with an electrical wire on you and your going up in flames, i’ll get all the video footage I can and send it to your family so they can sit back and watch it on the DVD player while enjoying a big bowl of popcorn

    • Bob Hamilton

      It’s “you’re” not “your”. Don’t be so defensive Tom. It would be kind of funny if that happened and I would not mind you filming (partly because I’d be dead). I would give you credit for actually doing some good reporting instead of just re-writing press releases. (If I weren’t dead). There is nothing wrong with not being able to cover every story, just leave out the useless or misleading pictures.

    • Roberta Waker

      Good reply, Tom. Maybe Bob will think about that and realize why they didn’t show the gory details.

      • Tom

        Bob is that guy, who while sitting at a red light, witnesses a child molestation in progress, shakes his head in dismay because of the spectacle of it all, does nothing about it l and then goes back to tuning the radio in his car to Rush Limbaugh.

  • Y R PPL So Mean

    Maybe some of you making such nasty remarks would do well to check on your neighbor who hasn’t had a job in 2 years, or offer to buy a homeless person a burger and fries, This poor unfortunate person has probably been struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over his and his family’s head. Such meanness is bound to come back to you.

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