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Worker Electrocuted in Lift

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Worker Electrocuted in Lift

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A member of a surveying crew was electrocuted Thursday evening when the bucket of his lift truck hit a power line above New Kings Road, Jacksonville police said.

The unidentified man was in the bucket taking pictures of the intersection of New Kings and Edgewood Avenue North, Sgt. C.L. Terry said at the scene. Terry said the victim was operating the bucket from inside and raised it too high.

Rescue workers tried to revive him after he came in contact with the line shortly before 6 p.m. He was taken to Shands Jacksonville hospital but died. His co-worker, who was inside the truck, wasn't injured.

The victim, in his 20s, worked for Ayres Associates, a Wisconsin-based traffic engineering company, police said.

Paul Pinkham


A Jacksonville woman has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a motorcycle rider who remains in critical condition.

Latoysha R. Blankenship, 32, was arrested in an apartment in the 5500 block of Playa Way based on witness descriptions and a tag number of the car that pulled in front of a motorcycle driven by Yvonne Iantha Roberts, 28, of the 5700 block of Begonia Way.

Roberts, who was wearing a helmet, was southbound on Lem Turner Road just before noon Wednesday when a car pulled in front of her motorcycle from Bayview Avenue. She struck the car, which left the scene without stopping, police said.

Blankenship was arrested Wednesday and is in jail under $100,000 bail. She has no criminal record in Jacksonville, records show.

Dana Treen


Two workers were taken to Shands Jacksonville after falling off a ladder Thursday while painting a home in Neptune Beach.

The accident occurred about 9:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of First Street, said Assistant Chief Tony Carrillo of the Neptune Beach Police Department. The two men, who had been working on a scaffold and ladders, fell onto the concrete. But details of what happened were still unclear.

The workers' identities and conditions also were not available Thursday.

Beau Halton/Maggie Fitzroy



A 12-year-old Hilliard girl was taken to Shands Jacksonville hospital with minor injuries Thursday morning when a log truck crashed into her stopped school bus. …

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