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19-year TECO employee dies after power line shock

TAMPA — The Tampa Electric Co. lineman who was shocked Monday has died.

John Hudson, 39, worked 19 years for Tampa Electric. He died Tuesday night at Tampa General Hospital, a spokesman said.

"He was working hard to service our customers," said Rick Morera, a Tampa Electric spokesman. "It was just a terrible tragedy and terrible loss."

Police and firefighters responded to Dona Michelle Drive and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard about 10:20 a.m. Monday and found Hudson lying on the ground.

Hudson had been working on an electrical line from an insulated bucket truck when his body came in contact with the 7,620-volt power line, police said then. The shock caused severe burns.

Co-workers lowered him to the ground and began CPR until Fire Rescue workers arrived and took him to the hospital.

Morera said the last time a Tampa Electric employee was killed while on duty was in 2004, when a tree limb struck an employee making repairs after Hurricane Frances.

In 2008, 35 people were killed across the country while installing and repairing electrical power lines, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"It's an unforgiving environment that they work in," Morera said. "We're doing a complete review and analysis of what happened."

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