Wednesday, 27 April 2011 19:00


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Two men were fatally electrocuted while performing routine right-of-way maintenance on power lines near Tanglewood Loop.

Monday around noon, 911 received a call that two men had been electrocuted. First Responders learned that the men, Michael Brister, 41 and William Bailey, 35 both of DeRidder, were working around a high voltage power line.

A tree trimming crew was performing a routine right-of-way maintenance when a piece of equipment became entangled and de-energized the power line. William Bailey, a lineman for Cleco Power, was dispatched to the outage. The men were working to resolve the situation when the line was energized.

Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene and Brister was airlifted by helicopter to Beauregard Memorial Hospital, but later died of injuries he sustained.


Cleco lineman Jason Burr, 35, was killed Monday in an accident near Clarence in Natchitoches Parish.

Burr, a senior line mechanic at the utility’s Mansfield Service Center, was electrocuted on a service call looking into a report of a downed wire, said Susan Broussard, Cleco spokesperson.


“Our heartfelt sympathies are out to the Burr family and his loved ones,” Broussard said.


Burr had been employed by Cleco for five years.


Burr went on the service call at around 7 p.m. Monday, Broussard said.


Kind of awkward how both were 35 huh? Coincidental accident or will the next one to turn 35 at CLECO be hurt also?

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