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Hawaii island man dead in apparent electrocution

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:03 a.m. HST, Apr 26, 2013

A 56-year-old man was apparently electrocuted in an industrial accident in Mountain View Thursday morning, Hawaii County police said.

Police said the man was inspecting a newly installed water tank when he apparently received a fatal shock about 9 a.m. The incident happened at a site off Route 11, near North Kulani Road.

A 51-year-old Honokaa man who was working nearby was able to de-energize the electrical system, but sustaining minor injuries from exposure to electricity, police said. 

The elder man was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:32 a.m.

Police classified the incident as an industrial accident. Police withheld the name of the victim pending notification of his relatives.

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