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Lightning strike sends utility worker to hospital

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

Lightning struck a gas line near Edinburg and the burst sent a utility worker to a local hospital Tuesday afternoon.

The Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Department received a report around 1:30 p.m. that lightning struck a line operated by Washington Gas near Edinburg, according to Fire Marshal David Ferguson. The strike occurred between George's Chicken and Kennedy Konstruction Kompany on Senedo Road.

Crews from the Mt. Jackson Rescue Squad and Edinburg Fire Department responded with the county department. The utility worker was conscious when rescue personnel arrived, according to Ferguson. Crews took the worker to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for further evaluation, Ferguson said.

The lightning strike did not rupture the line or ignite the gas. The gas company evaluated the system and reported no impact to the equipment, Ferguson said.

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Edinburg has a natural gas service?! Homeward bound, as a retired Vepco Lineman, it has never been offered nor availble in the town... Columbia Gas had service to the old Johns-Mansfield plant, which I hooked up when they were building it.. The employees were Charles (Punk) Guill, Buddy Pence, Bill McCarthy and "Shot" Wilkins(Charles Ephraim Wilkins) and Bill Gochenour for Vepco, now called Dominion..

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