HALE COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - A Black Warrior Electric employee died while working in Hale County on Monday.
Hale County Coroner Howard Paige identified the victim as 51-year-old Rodney Melvin Cork.
Paige designated the death as blunt force trauma because Cork fell 20-30 feet from a power pole. The Hale County EMA director says the power pole that broke was on County Road 51 about five miles off Highway 25 in the Mount Herman community.
Hale County was one of the counties heavily damaged during the March 25 tornadoes.
Forensics will issue the official cause of death.
The Alabama Rural Electric Association issued this statement: We are saddened to report the loss of one of our cooperative linemen.
Black Warrior EMC is mourning the loss of one of its employees who was fatally injured this morning while working on power lines in the cooperative’s territory in Hale County. Daryl Jones, General Manager at Black Warrior EMC, said a lineman was working to restore power to areas that had been hit by the recent tornado when the accident occurred. The name of the employee is being withheld at this time out of respect for the family.
“We in the Black Warrior EMC family are profoundly saddened by this loss,” said Jones. “Our prayers are with his family and his co-workers as we work to process this tragedy which has devastated our cooperative family.”
Counselors have been called in to help the cooperative’s employees deal with the loss.
Black Warrior EMC serves more than 22,000 members in 12 counties in southwest Alabama. It is one of 22 rural electric distribution cooperatives in Alabama, which together provide electricity to more than one million Alabamians or a quarter of the state’s population, and they maintain more than 71,000 miles of power line.