A 57-year-old Vermont man working for a power line contractor was severely injured in an industrial accident about 10:45 a.m. today, East Greenbush police reported.
East Greenbush Police Chief Christopher Lavin said the incident occurred at the height of a passing thunderstorm, but it was unclear whether there was a connection.
The victim, who was not identified, was working on a utility project on the ground near an elevated crane which apparently became electrified and then charged the ground around it, causing the victim’s clothing to ignite and causing burns to his body.
Other workers rushed to his aid and used fire extinguishers to put out the fire.
Clinton Heights Fire Department was called, along with police, who administered first aid. The victim was treated at the scene by Bruen Rescue Squad and then transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital.
Lavin said officials of Michels Power Group Contractors and National Grid are investigating what happened.