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Monday, March 01, 2010

I'm Sure There's Some Sort Of Karma Involved...

Posted without comment:
MONTESANO, Wash. — An Elma man was killed by accidentally urinating on a downed power line after a one-car crash near Montesano...
...50-year-old Roy Messenger was not seriously hurt after he collided with a power pole Friday night and called a relative to pull his car out of the ditch.
When family members arrived they found Messenger electrocuted... Messenger apparently urinated into a roadside ditch but didn’t see the live wire...
...(T)here will be an autopsy, but burn marks indicated the way the electricity traveled through the body.
Update 1715 02 Mar: Another story from the same area of the country. Excerpt:
A Lewiston Orchards couple walked out of their kitchen minutes before a pickup truck came crashing through early Sunday...
...The home's kitchen/dining room and laundry room were severely damaged when Jonathan J. Schlee, 30, reportedly drove his pickup through the house. The truck also reportedly collided with a neighbor's fence before coming to a stop in a nearby yard.
Schlee, of Lewiston, was arrested for DUI and booked into the Nez Perce County Jail, according to police. He was no longer in custody Monday.
He had been driving east on Ripon Avenue when Schlee reportedly told investigators he was distracted by a female passenger in the car who police said later allegedly admitted being engaged in some kind of sexual activity at the time of the crash. They were not injured in the accident.

23 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't blame the messenger...

3/01/2010 10:18 PM

 
Anonymous ex-ET nuke said...

I'm a little curious if alcohol as involved? I would suspect so.

3/01/2010 10:23 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

didn't mythbusters debunk this. oops.

3/02/2010 1:52 AM

 
OpenID beebsblog said...

"115 Volts, the deadly shipmate." What a way to go!



AFAIK, on the USTAFISH none of my electricians or ICmen ever got bit.

3/02/2010 4:05 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that there needs to be a procedure for relieving oneself in the presence of energized lines. However, when tying the rope around oneself, it is advisable to ensure that the proper member is used as the anchoring point lest one become a victim of electrobobbitcution. Standing order to follow under SEPCOR.

3/02/2010 4:22 AM

 
Blogger SJBill said...

That's one Urban Legend laid to rest.....

3/02/2010 5:55 AM

 
Anonymous NHSparky said...

Just because it was on Mythbusters doesn't mean it's totally debunked. Plus, the voltage they used was WELL below the likely voltage of a transmission/distribution line. Having been in the substation side and now on the generation side of the utility biz, it's amazing the stupidity some show around downed lines. Our little storm last week provided plenty of opportunity for just suck displays.

3/02/2010 6:08 AM

 
Anonymous NHSparky said...

suck-such. Man, 4 days without electricity and I forget how to type.

3/02/2010 6:09 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently the Messenger didn't have permission to work on energized equipment.

3/02/2010 9:01 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, this could be a case where some jackass gundecked this NUB's qual card and there will have to be a critique. Of course the purpose of the critique is not to point blame. Rather, the critique will sort out the facts so we can blame someone else and CYA our own asses, lol.

3/02/2010 9:43 AM

 
Anonymous ret.cob said...

I can only hope that when I die it will be in such a way that you guys will find a way to laugh your ass off about it!

3/02/2010 9:49 AM

 
Anonymous NHSparky said...

Don't worry, COB--we're submariners. We'll find a way to laugh about ANYTHING, no matter whose feelings we have to crush in the process.

3/02/2010 9:58 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nhsparky-
Absolutely. I recently attended a safety course which demonstrated just how far one would have to jump if a HV transmission line landed on a backhoe (or whatever the thing was). Tires do not provide enough insulation, they can heat up enough to ignite, and if you need to jump (due to the fire, say) you better go for distance because the ground isn't necessarily AT ground.

-3383

3/02/2010 10:58 AM

 
Anonymous NHSparky said...

Anon--I'll give you a real-life example. A KABC reporter by the name of Adrienne Alpert was in a news van when the microwave boom was extended directly into a 34.5 KV line. She survived, but lost an arm below the elbow, fingers on the other hand, part of her left foot, and the right leg below the knee, with corresponding burns. Those injures occured when she tried to jump from the van.

3/02/2010 11:30 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NHsparky, thanks for the injury report, but more importantly, was she good looking and would you do her?

3/03/2010 12:22 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Stupid Shall Be Punished

3/03/2010 11:16 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NHsparky, thanks for the injury report, but more importantly, was she good looking and would you do her?

I have always found stubs kind of attractive. As long as she has stubs I'd do her even if she were ugly.

The Mulliganian

3/03/2010 11:19 AM

 
Anonymous ret.cob said...

Way off topic: Some Army Master Sergeant (E-8) EOD dude is claiming he "coined" the term "Hurt Locker." Gotta call bullshit there.

3/04/2010 7:53 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RetCOB.

You are spot on with the Hurt Locker. The BS flag is hoisted in Holiday Colors at full mast on this one.

This is comparable to Barney Frank claiming ownership of the term "Emergency Blow."

3/04/2010 1:13 PM

 
Blogger reddog said...

A penis can be deadly in the wrong hands. Still, I'm not about get rid of mine.

Maybe those of us that possess a penis need an organization similar to the NRA to promote proper education, training, safety, preservation of hunting grounds and protection of our legal right to responsible penis ownership.

3/05/2010 7:43 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A new organization that represents penal rights is RSRPORH.

“Responsible, Safe and Rigid Penal Ownership in the Right Hands”

3/05/2010 10:54 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about those of us who are Left Handed

3/05/2010 8:56 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Left handed, oh crap, and what about hooks? This could be a touchy situation. Adapt and overcome.

3/05/2010 9:36 PM

 

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