Atlanta TV station truck explodes, 2 hospitalized

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009 8:35 PM
Last updated 9:00 PM
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Two WSB-TV employees are being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital after the news truck they were operating caught fire and exploded.

The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon around 12:30 p.m. at the entrance of the Fulton County Jail on Rice Street.

WSB reporter Tom Jones and photographer Leonard Raglin were exiting the parking lot of the jail when the pole that lifts equipment on the roof of the truck struck a powerline, said Tracy Flanagan, spokeswoman for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.

The mast is supposed to be lowered when the vehicle is in motion, according to WSB-TV.com.

Jail personnel, including Captain Reginald Turner, attempted to get Jones and Raglin’s attention as they left the jail, said Flanagan, to warn them the mast was still up.

The mast hit a Georgia Power high voltage line coming from a substation across the street. The line, according to James Polite with the Atlanta Police Department, carries 115,000 volts of electricity.

The impact caused a loud explosion, destroyed the truck and also left a large crater under the vehicle.

But Jones and Raglin survived.

They both suffered smoke inhalation and burns and were transported to Grady Hospital in stable condition.

“Georgia Power workers on the scene were surprised anyone lived, said Polite in a statement. “The 115,000 volts traveled through the vehicle and ground, also hitting and destroying a water main which caused water to be out in the area.”

The incident did not cause any major extended problems for Georgia Power customers though. There was a very short outage in the area, according to Georgia Power officials. The incident de-energized a line but they were able to re-route electricity.

Crews have been on site to repair the line since early afternoon but are unsure when repairs will be complete.

Information from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: ajc.com

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curly123053
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curly123053 11/18/09 - 08:55 pm
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That's what you call ACTION

That's what you call ACTION NEWS ! Glad nobody was seriously hurt in this accident.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 11/18/09 - 09:15 pm
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Those guys were so lucky.

Those guys were so lucky. Thank God they are alive. I hope they both have a speedy recovery.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 11/18/09 - 09:39 pm
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I'll bet there is going to be

I'll bet there is going to be a job opening or two with this station. I'm glad they are alive, but their failure to lower the mast was an EXPENSIVE mistake.

YellowHammer
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YellowHammer 11/18/09 - 09:55 pm
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I take it WSB was the first

I take it WSB was the first to report this news story.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/19/09 - 06:55 am
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Some people will do anything

Some people will do anything to be first with a story,,just joking,,hope they will be ok....& KEEP THEIR JOBS..

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themaninthemirror 11/19/09 - 08:41 am
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Mistakes can and do happen.

Mistakes can and do happen. These two men were very fortunate and will have an amazing story to tell for many years to come.

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corgimom 11/25/09 - 04:58 pm
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I bet that was shocking news

I bet that was shocking news to them.

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