TRAVERSE CITY — A tree trimmer contracted by Traverse City Light & Power died today after he made contact with a high-voltage power line.
The incident occurred at 9:38 a.m. in the 600 block of East Orchard Drive. No information was immediately available on the man, a contractor with Trees Inc., but neighborhood resident Bill Parrish said the victim was part of a two-man crew trimming a pine tree in the neighborhood.
"We heard a 'pop' and a second later heard (his partner) yell," he said. "We knew he was dead."
TCL&P Executive Director Tim Arends said the accident resulted in a power loss to 550 customers.