Man electrocuted while climbing power pole, pulling wires in SE Portland

Man climbing power pole electrocuted in SE Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. – A man was electrocuted while climbing a utility pole and pulling on wires in Southeast Portland on Wednesday afternoon.

Portland police said the man’s body was stuck on power lines in the area of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Stark Street when they arrived and was "not showing any signs of life.” The intersection was closed to all traffic.

Police first received reports at around 4:50 p.m. about the man climbing the utility pole. Callers reported the man was throwing items from his pocket in addition to pulling at wires.

Officers arrived a few minutes later and saw the man was being shocked as he dangled about halfway up the pole.

Police haven't determined why the man climbed up the pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Portland General Electric and Portland Fire & Rescue assisted police with safely getting the man down at around 6:30 p.m.

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