Deadly electrical accident at Wild Waves

Deadly electrical accident at Wild Waves
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) - A cherry picker-type lift carrying two men struck a 7,200-volt power line Monday at Wild Waves water park, electrocuting one of the men and critically injuring the second.

They were employees of Metzker Communications, which was subcontracted by Inter-Tel to work on the park's phone and fiber-optic system, said Grant Clark, Wild Waves spokesman. Clark didn't know how long the men had been working at the park.

The lift hit the Puget Sound Energy line at 1:43 p.m. said Donna Conner, a spokeswoman for South King Fire and Rescue.

One man was given CPR for about 30 minutes but medics were unable to revive him.

The other man, identified as Steven Uplinger, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson said he was listed in critical condition in intensive care.

Metzker Communications said the man who died was a former football star at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Wild Waves opens for the summer June 9.