Tow Truck Driver Suffers Electric Shock At Wreck Scene

A tow truck driver called out to a wreck in Craven county Saturday night was hospitalized after being shocked while at the scene.

According to troopers the wreck happened on Highway 17 near Askin Brick Rd.

Troopers say Ricky Baker of Vanceboro was driving on the northbound lane of Highway 17 when he crossed the centerline and struck a utility pole.

A witness told troopers that after Baker wrecked he was seen throwing beer cans out of his vehicle. He then crawled out of the passenger side of his vehicle.

Troopers say alcohol was involved. Baker was transported to the hospital.

Meanwhile Ipock's Parts and Service tow truck company was called out to the scene. Troopers say the tow truck driver, Joey Ipock, loaded and connected the vehicle involved in the wreck onto his truck.

Troopers say Ipock was on top of the tow truck and inside the bed of the vehicle being towed when he lifted aluminum debris to put inside the truck. They say he was approximately 15 feet above the ground in the truck and when he lifted that aluminum he touched a live low lying electric wire and was shocked. He then fell from the truck to the ground.

WITN had a reporter on the scene that says she heard a boom and then smelled smoke.

Troopers say the fire department was not at the scene when the man was shocked.

Troopers say a Progress Energy worker was at the scene at the time the man was shocked. WITN called Progress Energy who says the incident is under investigation.

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