Second Eastern Carolina utility worker killed in Florida

CHIPLEY, Fla. (WITN) - Three utility company linemen are dead after a pickup truck pulling a U-Haul trailer hit them while they were repairing lines damaged by Hurricane Michael in Florida's Panhandle.

George Cesil / Ryan Barrett

Two of those linemen are from Eastern Carolina.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the crash happened Wednesday night near Chipley, which is north of Panama City.

Sgt. R.C. Livingston says the vehicle was heading north on State Road 77 when it went onto the shoulder and struck the men.

Livingston says 52-year-old George Cesil of Colerain, 22-year-old Ryan Barrett of Roanoke Rapids, and 60-year-old James Ussery of Chipley, Florida died.

The Highway Patrol says 37-year-old John Goedtke of Tampa has been charged with felony DUI manslaughter, felony vehicular homicide, and felony leaving the scene.

Both Cesil and Barrett worked for Lee Electrical Construction of Aberdeen. A company spokesman said Cesil was a foreman and supervised a five-person crew. He had been with the company since 2012.