Urbana highway worker electrocuted

Derrick Ek ek@the-leader.com

A worker from the Town of Urbana’s highway department was electrocuted Monday after trying to untangle his truck from power lines.

Richard J. Rowland, 44, of Bath, was killed in the accident, which occurred on Reservoir Hill Road in Urbana, according to Bath-based New York State Police.

Rowland had just finished dumping the contents of a highway truck in a lot on Reservoir Hill Road and was exiting the lot when the truck’s box became entangled in overheard electrical and fiber optic lines, according to a news release from Sr. Inv. Curt Eaton.

Rowland got out of the truck, and while attempting to dislodge the truck from the wires, he apparently suffered an electrical shock which resulted in cardiac arrest, state police report.

Rowland was taken to Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath, where he was pronounced dead by Steuben County Coroner Steve Copp. Rowland’s body was sent to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office in Rochester for an autopsy.

The Hammondsport Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Rural/Metro Medical Services also responded to the scene Monday.