Two workers are trapped in truck when wires fallTwo...

December 11, 1997

Two workers are trapped in truck when wires fall

Two Carroll County employees were trapped for about an hour yesterday by utility wires that fell around their county-owned trash truck, police and fire officials said.

The driver of the trash truck, Robert Cole, 45, of Westminster apparently emptied a large trash container at the Taneytown elementary and middle school complex and forgot to lower the hydraulic forks used to lift the container before he drove away, said Sgt. Greg Woelfel of Taneytown police.

As the truck traveled north about 200 feet on Trevanion Road, the truck's raised forks snagged overhead electric and telephone wires, ripping them down at 11: 47 a.m., Woelfel said.

Believing the ground was electrified, Cole and Paul Swartzbaugh, 50, of Westminster remained in the truck until utility crews arrived to turn off power.

Electric wires attached to one house were ripped down, a city lamp post was pulled down, and a telephone cable was severed, Woelfel said.

The fallen wires were repaired, or moved aside, and the road was reopened at 1: 09 p.m. No charges were placed against the driver, Woelfel said.


Taneytown: Firefighters from Harney assisted Taneytown at 8: 19 p.m. Tuesday, responding to a carbon monoxide alarm in the 200 block of E. Baltimore St. Units were out 54 minutes.

Pub Date: 12/11/97

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