Kinston Worker Shocked, Suffering From Second & Third Degree Burns

Kinston officials tell WITN a city utility worker was shocked Thursday afternoon with 7,200 volts traveling through his body.

The person, who hasn't been identified yet, was working at 700 Truman Court on a power outage around 3:30 when the incident happened.

We're told the worker was taken by East Care to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill and is suffering from second and third degree burns.

Interim city manager Bill Ellis says the worker has first and second degree burns to his face and chest and second and third degree burns to his arms and legs.

Ellis says the worker, a lineman who's been with the city for 25-years, was working on an underground primary line in a ditch when he was shocked.

The crew that was working with him has been given Friday off to go visit with him at the hospital. We're told his family is with him.

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