CAMERON, W.Va. — An electrical contractor died Monday afternoon while working for American Electric Power near the Murray Energy McElroy Mine near Cameron in Marshall County.

An AEP spokesperson confirmed two linemen employed by Virginia-based Davis H. Elliot were replacing copper wire that had been previously stolen when the incident occurred. The company did not immediately confirm the death but Marshall County authorities did. The other lineman was flown to a hospital.

The incident, which occurred at shortly before 2:30 Monday afternoon, was near the mine site and investigators with the state Mine Office of Health Safety & Training were called in to investigate.  

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  • joe halyburton

    I hate to hear about this I've did line work for 24 years my thoughts and prayers got out to the families bad deal 4 ever body

  • John of Wayne

    I find it difficult to believe that the salvage yards purchasing this stolen copper don't see anything suspicious when an individual citizen brings in several hundred pounds of bare copper. Some of it is brand new. John Q. Public just doesn't use this kind of wire and NO contractor scraps brand new material in quantities like this. I suspect that salvage yards take the seller's ID with a nod and a wink.

  • Hillbilly

    Yes , find the culprit's that stole the copper wire and charge them with 1st. degree murder . P.S. also take away their social benefits , EBT etc.

  • Jonus Grumby

    Someone makes off with copper that doesn't belong to them. In an attempt to replace it something goes horribly wrong and someone dies while another is likely seriously injured. I hope those responsible for the theft are happy.

  • Stupid Hillbillies

    If they were replacing stolen copper wire, would not this escalate the death to a homicide? His death is a direct result of the larceny.

    • Karl

      Well, it's an indirect result, actually, but I see what you're getting at.