BPA lineman dies in 100-foot fall

  • Wed Sep 26th, 2012 7:38pm
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Associated Press

SPOKANE — A 34-year-old Bonneville Power Administration lineman has died after falling from a transmission tower near the Montana-Idaho border.

KREM-TV reported that lineman Matthew Karstetter fell more than 100 feet on Sept. 20.

The accident is still under investigation.

BPA spokesman Doug Johnson said the fall happened near Bryson, Montana.

Karstetter joined the BPA in June 2004. He worked on the Kalispell, Mont., transmission line maintenance crew until graduating from the apprentice program in 2008. Most recently, he worked as a journeyman on a transmission line crew in Spokane.

Johnson says a few days before his death, Karstetter was lowered to the wires by helicopter to rescue a crewman suffering from dehydration. The Yakima native is survived by his wife, daughter and unborn son.