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Trucker survives run-in with power line

| Monday, May 21, 2001

WINFIELD: A trucker trying to turn around in the Winfield Elementary School parking lot, Winfield Road, made a shocking discovery Sunday night.

Richard Allen Ibey, 23, of St. Pauls, N.C., received a non-lethal electrical shock when his tractor trailer ran into a power line that stretched from the corner of the school to a telephone pole on the side of the road.

The potentially life-threatening incident happened about 9:30 p.m.

Ibey, who works for Burlington Motor Carriers, which is based out of North Carolina, was on his way to pick up a load at Check Industries, which is about one mile down the road.

The trucker nervously sat and waited in his cab for about a half hour until an Allegheny Power worker arrived from Slippery Rock.

'In a situation like this, you have to wait for the power company,' said Winfield Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Risch.

'It shocked me pretty good,' Ibey said after stepping out of his cab.

'You can't see the black line when you're trying to turn around.'

He did not require medical treatment.

The power company employee said the line still was live, but it wasn't a main line. 'If he'd have grabbed ahold of the door and jumped, he'd have been OK,' the representative said.

He said the line was connected to a light.

Trooper Steve Sheldon of the Pennsylvania State Police said Ibey won't be charged with any traffic violations.

'The best he can do is pay for it, or have his company pay for it,' Sheldon said.

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