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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  • by Rick Location: SK on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:39 PM
    To all those judgemental people. The blood test came back clean. No alcohol, No drugs or anything. This was not a drunk driver case. Still Alive I am glad you are alive, but the least you could have done was stop and help. To Renee, eat your words.
  • by Hush on Aug 1, 2011 at 02:25 PM
    Point. Blame. Pick & Nag. Get a grip! Accidents happen! Praying for the injured person.
  • by Lineman on Jul 31, 2011 at 09:27 PM
    Sad story. Hope he's ok. Never assume the line is dead. I will not touch a line unless she has grounds on both ends. Electricity is one of those things that very rarely gives you another chance. Thoughts and prayers and hope you get that 2nd one!
  • by buster Location: craven NC on Jul 31, 2011 at 07:05 PM
    The FD is in charge until SHP arrives, because the highways are his. SHP and the power company were on scene when this happen, not the FD. They are getting paid to do their work, a volunteer fireman standing out there in the heat is not getting a dime. You yourself are ultimately responsible for yourself and your surroundings on a scene. If your house is burning or you are ever extricated from a car, you will appreciate your local fire dept, instead of bashing them like most of you are up here
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      by anony on Jul 31, 2011 at 11:05 PM in reply to buster
      buster, volunteer or not, even if it is on the highway the fire dept has ultimate responsibility, not SHP it is all the fds descision to keep the roads open or closed ect... i know my spelling isnt very good but i know for sure that if fd is on scene they are responsible
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        by FireDept Member on Aug 1, 2011 at 07:41 AM in reply to anony
        I hate to tell you "anony" but when it comes to shutting down or anything dealing with a state road the SHP is in control not the FD in most cases. If it was a vehicle fire or a house fire close to the road then yes the FD will be in charge until the fire is out. You go shut down a road like US Hwy 17 and you will fine out who is in control. Everybody is putting the blame on the FD, but it was a drunk that cause the whole thing. The Power Company was on scene THEY should have made sure the line was off. The FD had been released to return to their station by SHP. Get your facts straight before you go posting things on the internet. Yall are the ones that give the FD a bad name.
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          by tug on Aug 1, 2011 at 09:48 AM in reply to FireDept Member
          As a member of a fire dept that responds to an area of Hwy 17, I can tell you, anony is wrong. SHP is always in charge. Try shutting down the hwy and see how fast HP opens it up. SHP is in charge all the time. They usually work well with FD and try to utilize our resources, but if they want it open, its going to be open. Also, read another news source. FD was not on scene here because SHP had taken command and dismissed them. They had been gone for over an hour.
  • by emily Location: greenville on Jul 31, 2011 at 06:38 PM
    the title.. 'electric shock' can't get any more clear lol, but, why weren't sufficient precautions taken? Especially with the rain.. safe recovery to him!
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Jul 31, 2011 at 05:58 PM
    FD was not on scene, progress energy along with HP was and had told the wrecker that the line was live.
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      by And on Jul 31, 2011 at 08:55 PM in reply to tug
      And did the Wrecker tell the Driver?????
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        by tug on Aug 1, 2011 at 09:50 AM in reply to And
        wrecker operator, is that better?
  • by Still Alive Location: Greenville on Jul 31, 2011 at 05:45 PM
    Renee, did you see it too?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2011 at 03:13 PM
    Terrible wording on the article title. I thought it was going to be about someone shocked at seeing the accident scene.
  • by Joss on Jul 31, 2011 at 12:26 PM
    You know, I was expecting to read an article about the tow truck driver being traumatized at the scene - hence being shocked at what he saw. I never expected to read an article where he actually got electrocuted. Hope he'll recover.
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      by ck on Jul 31, 2011 at 01:36 PM in reply to Joss
      that is exactly what I thought! I guess the title could have read "electrocuted at scene". haha
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      by EMT on Aug 1, 2011 at 08:34 AM in reply to Joss
      Ipock received an electrical shock; had he been electrocuted, he would be dead!
  • by Still Alive Location: Greenville on Jul 31, 2011 at 11:54 AM
    Ricky Baker was not just drinking. He was passed out! I know this because he came within a few feet of hitting us head on and we didn't see anyone in the drivers seat. As soon as he hit the pole, the utility lines starting dangling down. I thought for sure he was dead on impact. My husband and I feel very lucky to be alive today. I hope Mr Ipock is OK.
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      by anonymous on Aug 11, 2011 at 07:44 PM in reply to Still Alive
      and you didnt even have the decency to stop, just kept driving away.
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      by the truth on Nov 23, 2011 at 07:42 PM in reply to Still Alive
      No alcholol was involved, get over yourself
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      by Ricky Baker on Nov 23, 2011 at 08:38 PM in reply to Still Alive
      Checck the meaning of BLD as of blood test (ignorance)
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