JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The two linemen who died in a tragic accident in Adger on Tuesday have been identified.
Eli Nathaniel Babb, 19, of Kellyon, and Layton River Ellison, 19, of Alexandria, were contracted by Alabama Power to assist with restoring power to the Adger community after powerlines were damaged in the storm that followed Hurricane Ida east.
Babb and Ellison were both believed to have been electrocuted when they came in contact with an energize powerline, according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said that the linemen were injured in the 7300 block of Johns Road and Mud Creek Road in Adger.
A statement from Pike Electric said that the company is investigating the accident: “We are continuing to investigate a tragic accident that occurred in Alabama earlier today. That accident has take the life of 2 of our employees. Our prayers are with each of their families.”
Alabama Power also released a statement: “We have been made aware of a tragic accident involving Pike Electric employees supporting Alabama Power in storm restoration. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pike Electric family during this difficult time.”
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