- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—ALLOY, W.Va. — Three workers were injured at a manufacturing plant in Fayette County on Tuesday afternoon after they hit an underground power line with a jackhammer.

The workers had the power lines marked, but still nicked one with the jackhammer, said T.D. Lively, spokesman for the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The power line then “flash burned,” Lively said.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, Lively said. The man operating the jackhammer had burns on his face and neck and was taken to a hospital by helicopter as a precaution, he said. The other two had minor flash burns and were taken to the hospital via ambulance.

When the power line was hit, it shorted out a transformer, causing it to pop, Lively said. Emergency dispatchers had said the transformer exploded, but Lively said it did not.

Dispatchers said at least two ambulance crews responded to the scene of the accident, along with several fire departments.

The plant is on U.S. 60, about five miles east of the Kanawha County line. The plant houses WVA Manufacturing, and is commonly known as the Elkem plant.

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