Accident seriously injures MH man

15 years ago
By Kathy McCarty  
Staff Writer

   MARS HILL – A bizarre accident April 20 sent a local man to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for undisclosed injuries following contact with an electrical line.    “State Police are investigating a bizarre accidental injury case in the town of Mars Hill. On Sunday, April 20, at approximately 4:25 p.m., 40-year-old Shawn Mahan was attempting to operate a bucket truck when he hit high-voltage electrical wires,” said Sgt. David McPherson, of the Maine State Police.
   McPherson said Mahan was apparently demonstrating an old 1972 Dodge airplane de-icer bucket truck for his friends outside his residence at 18 Lincoln St. when the incident occurred.
   “Mahan was operating the aerial bucket from inside the bucket when his body touched a 7,200 volt electrical line overhead,” said McPherson.
   According to McPherson, friends witnessed the accident and called for help.
   “Five friends witnessed the event and immediately called 9-1-1 for help. Area first responders assisted in getting Mahan out of the bucket and transported him to The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle. Mahan was then transferred to Life Flight and flown to Bangor,” said McPherson.
   Maine Public Service was notified, responded and assisted the MSP with the investigation.
   “The investigation is continuing, with Troopers Rob Flynn and Jeff Clark as primary investigators,” said McPherson.
    No information as to Mahan’s condition was available as of presstime.