Man dies after touching power line

Updated: 07/16/2014 6:14 AM
Created: 07/16/2014 4:30 AM WHEC.com

A man police say was shocked after he broke into a NYSEG substation and touched a live power line has died.

Thirty-six-year-old Andrew Mower of Perry had been at Strong Memorial Hospital with serious burns since last Thursday. Police say he and another man were trying to steal copper wire from the substation in Perry. Police say Mower climbed onto a live transformer and grabbed a 35-thousand volt line. He was thrown to the ground and covered in flames. According to investigators, the other man, 24-year-old Eugene Matteson Junior, put out the fire and carried Mower outside.

Matteson is currently being held in the Wyoming County Jail where he is facing felony charges.

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