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Two workers killed when truck contacts electrical line and burns

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Police are investigating an accident that left two workers dead on the Clear Springs Ranch site owned by Colorado Springs Utilities.

According to Colorado Springs Police, the crew in a truck used for drilling holes came in contact with an overhead electrical line before 9:30 a.m.

Both were electrocuted prior to the truck catching fire in a field. A third person survived the incident.

Colorado Springs Fire Department and Colorado Springs Police are handling the investigation. 

Authorities have not released information on what company employed the crew out on the property along I-25.

Aram Benyamin, General Manager of Energy Supplies at Colorado Springs Utilities says the contractor was doing preliminary work on a project when they came in contact with a 12,500 volt line. 

"It is a very, very...dangerous situation to work in, in these situations and very unfortunate incident." 

Benyamin is not releasing the name of the contractor or those affected until confirmation of next of kin.

The entire truck was engulfed in flames by the time emergency crews arrived. The fire did not spread into neighboring grasslands.

Captain Brian Vaughan of Colorado Springs Fire Department, said, "Whether you're playing with a receptacle at home or you're in the high voltage line of work electricity is dangerous." 

City of Colorado Springs Chief of Staff Jeff Greene released a statement following the incident.

“On behalf of the City of Colorado Springs, I’d like to extend my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the two subcontractors who perished in today’s accident near Ray Nixon Road. We are especially saddened to learn that these were such young men, taken much too soon.”   

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