Tree-trimming truck catches fire in Angola, traps worker

Angola firefighters say a worker was trapped in a bucket after a tree trimmer truck caught fire Monday.

Posted: Jul 22, 2019 6:18 PM
Updated: Jul 22, 2019 10:37 PM

ANGOLA, Ind. (WFFT) - A tree trimmer was trapped 55 feet in the air Monday after firefighters say a bucket truck made contact with a power line and ignited into flames. 

Angola firefighters responded to 3121 W. Shady Side Road at 1:42 p.m. 

Firefighters say the truck came into contact with a 7,200-volt power line, causing an arc that ignited the truck's body and boom on fire. 

The truck lost all hydraulic power, trapping the operator nearly six stories in the air. 

Firefighters say they rescued the worker using a ladder truck. One man was treated at the scene by Steuben County EMS. 

The incident has been ruled accidental. 

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