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No injuries reported following boom-truck fire in Audubon County


December 5th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Two workers installing non-charged electrical lines for a wind turbine project in Audubon County, were trapped for a time Wednesday morning in the basket of a 100-foot boom, which was mounted on a truck. The men became temporarily trapped after the truck caught fire. According to reports, the incident happened near Pheasant Avenue, just south of 200th Street, at around 8:50-a.m. Audubon Fire responded to scene. Atlantic and Panora Fire were also requested for their ladder trucks, but it turns out their service was not needed.

Photo courtesy Brett Holtz (Camblin Plumbing & Htg.) – click on the image to enlarge

The same company handling the work on the electrical lines responded quickly by bringing another bucket truck located nearby, to secure the men’s tag lines, in case of a hydraulic failure on the main machine. They also used numerous fire extinguishers in an attempt to contain the flames until firefighters arrived. Fire crews extinguished the remaining flames, and the trapped crew members were lowered to the ground about 20 minutes later.  The cab of truck the sustained significant damage.