Man electrocuted by downed power line in Gold Bar

GOLD BAR — A man died after he came in contact with a downed power line in Gold Bar on Monday evening.

People in the Mountain View Diner along Croft Avenue heard a loud noise around 5:45 p.m. They went outside and found a man lying near the train tracks behind the restaurant.

“It was a freak accident. Somehow the power line broke off. It’s not windy,” said Chief Eric Andrews with Fire District 26.

It’s unknown whether the line had fallen on the man or if he approached a downed line, Andrews said.

If a power line is on the ground, people should stay at least 60 feet away until the power is cut, he said. Anyone within 60 feet could be electrocuted.

All trains were stopped until the Snohomish County Public Utility District could turn off the power. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner is expected to release the man’s identify.

No additional information was available Monday evening.

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