Lift touches power line, killing worker

MOUNTAIN TOP — Authorities said a lift touched a power line in an industrial park in northeastern Pennsylvania, killing a construction worker.

The Luzerne County coroner’s office said 43-year-old Jason Evans of Clarks Summit died from an apparent electrocution.

Evans was pronounced dead at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, where he was taken after the accident shortly before 10 a.m. Friday at Crestwood Industrial Park.

Officials said the roofing contractor employee was on a job at East Coast Logistics & Distribution Inc.

They said he was placing material onto the roof from the ground when the lift’s boom came into contact with a high-tension power line.

Police said the lift caught fire and Evans was electrocuted and fell to the ground.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Admin­is­tration is investigating.