Off-Duty Officer Electrocuted Helping Crash Victim

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013  |  Updated 2:02 PM EDT
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Officer Electrocuted Helping Crash Victim

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An off-duty officer who stopped to help a crash victim died after coming in contact with live wires.

Police in northeastern Pennsylvania say off-duty Officer Daniel “J.J.” Lomax was electrocuted while trying to help a driver who had crashed into a utility pole along Route 191 in Salem Township.

The Times-Tribune reports Lomax, who was also a firefighter, came across the crash and tried to help Saturday morning. Authorities say the 55-year-old Lomax was electrocuted after coming into contact with downed power lines and died at the scene.

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The car had caught fire and the driver, 20-year-old Angel Cortez, suffered severe burns. A hospital spokesman said he was listed in critical condition Monday.

The Wayne County coroner's office has ruled Lomax's death an accident. He volunteered for fire companies in Factoryville and Carbondale Township and was a part-time police officer in Mayfield, Forest City and Great Bend.

 


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