Delivery man electrocuted when his van hits power line

November 23, 1999|By Kurt Streeter | Kurt Streeter,SUN STAFF

A West Baltimore man delivering tiles for a local roofing company was electrocuted yesterday when a pole attached to a van he was driving hit a power line, police said.

Ricky Reed, 42, died about 10: 45 a.m. when an extended metal boom on the van he was backing up hit a power line in the 3600 block of Windsor Mill Road in West Baltimore, said Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a police department spokeswoman.

Reed's co-worker, Reginald Della, 40, of East Baltimore, survived after he jumped out of the truck as the shock occurred, Cooper said. Della was taken to St. Agnes Health Care. He was listed in stable condition and expected to be discharged by this morning, a hospital spokesman said.

The men, temporary workers for the Labor Ready Inc. employment agency, were hired yesterday to deliver tiles for Morris, Ginsberg and Son, a roofing company in Fells Point, said Fire Inspector Michael Maybin, a fire department spokesman.

Spokesmen for both companies refused to comment.

Cooper said the electrocution is not being handled as a criminal matter.

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