Two Construction Workers Die after Striking Underground Cable


Two workers installing internet cables in Pella were killed after striking an underground high-voltage cable.

Pella police say 35-year-old Genis Urgell Rueda and 20-year-old Joani Figueroa, both from Richmond, Virginia, were declared dead at the scene after striking the electrical cord.

A third worker of Excel Utility Contractors sustained minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital.

Authorities say the workers were installing cables for Pella Fiber Saturday morning when the incident occurred. Residents told police they heard a loud boom at the time of the accident. According to multiple reports, residents near the electrical line had to evacuate for an hour after the line was struck.

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