CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Chesapeake police say a man died after he was shocked by a power line while cutting trees Monday.
Around 3:45 p.m., emergency crews were called to Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in the 3900 block of Airline Boulevard for a 39-year-old man who was shocked by a power line.
Police say the man works for a tree service and was removing tree limbs while suspended in a tree. A limb made contact with a nearby active power line while also touching the worker.
Dominion Virginia Power says the man worked for Lucas Tree Experts, who the agency contracted for removal services. WAVY News reached out to the company. We have not yet heard back.
Medics had to remove the man from the tree. He was taken to Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center Monday with life-threatening injuries.
Police spokesperson Kelly Elliot confirmed Tuesday morning that the man died. He was identified as 39-year-old Muhammad Yahya Abdur-Raheem, of Newport News.
Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are looking into the incident. OSHA has six months to investigate any wrongdoing.
Stay with WAVY.com for updates on this developing story.