Road worker killed following dump truck electrocution in S. Carolina

Updated Mar 18, 2016

Traffic in a work zoneA road worker in South Carolina died after he was electrocuted while loading asphalt into a paver.

According to The State, Javier Lopez-Lira was working with a crew on Shadow Wood Drive in Richland County when the incident occurred.

Lopez-Lira was loading asphalt into the paving machine from a dump truck when the bed of the dump truck somehow came in contact with or close to a power line.

First responders transported the 36-year-old to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead within an hour.

The incident is being investigated by local officials and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

A similar incident occurred in October when a worker in Oklahoma was killed as a dump truck bed emptying asphalt hit a power line and electrocuted him.