SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) – A horrible tragedy has led to heartbreak for family and friends of two men who died Wednesday just doing their jobs. The men were hauling snow in a dump truck when live power lines got in their way.
Both were electrocuted and police say one of the men died trying to save the other.
Emergency crews were called out to 140 Rye Street around 11:40 a.m.
” Our hearts go out to the entire Folsom Construction family after today’s accidental deaths of Lloyd Folsom Jr., 55, and Connor Betts, 22,” said Chief Reed tweeted.
Police say that it appears in what some would call a heroic act. Folsom Jr. died trying to help his employee Betts, who was inside that energized dump truck.
“The dump body of the truck was raised up where it then came in contact with the power lines, which then energized the truck, and injured the driver and a second man who went to assist him,” Lieutenant Scott Custer said in a news release.
“He was working and helping everyone, and today he actually gave the ultimate sacrifice trying to be a hero, which he was,” said Mayor Saud Anwar, (D) South Windsor.
“That’s the type of person Lloyd was, he was always there to help people out. If somebody needed something they would ask LLoyd and Lloyd would step to the plate,” said Agent Ron Littell, South Windsor Police Department.
They both suffered electrical burns and shock, police said.
Police tell news 8 that an alert responder noticed CL& P working down the street at the time of the incident, and they were able to quickly shut the power off to the lines so that aid could be administered.
One of the victims was taken by Lifestar helicopter to the hospital, the other was taken by ambulance.
Even with the quick response it wasn’t enough to save their lives. Both died of their injures at the hospital.
“The wires were not damaged, nor low-hanging,” Custer said.
No emergency personnel were hurt.
Police and OHSA investigators are looking into the incident.
This has been a difficult day for their community. Folsom construction is well known to those who live there.
Rye Street was temporarily closed in the area for the investigation.