Shenk burned by high-voltage line

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July 9, 1965 — Edward L. Shenk, 31, of Shenandoah, was admitted to the Ridgeley Memorial Hospital Wednesday, June 30, with second and third degree electrical burns received when he came into contact with a high-voltage line while working near Ridgeley, W.Va. He received second and third degree burns on his right arm and on his hand and his back.

Shenk was working in a plastic bucket at the end of a high lift boom when the controls of the mechanism jammed, causing the lift to move upwards into the electrical line. He bent over to avoid the line but it touched him on the back. He was burned by a 4,400 volt line, one of three strung together.

He is employed by the C.W. Wright Construction Company which was doing some work on the power line in the Millerdale section near Ridgeley. He has been transferred to the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. 

~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier


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