Kiley Russell Killed, Devin Schares, Jackson Wells Injured in Sherman, TX, Accident
Sherman, TX -- May 3, 2017, Kiley Russell was killed, Devin Schares and Jackson Wells were injured, in an accident where they were shocked by a power line.
Sherman emergency service officials reported that the accident happened at around 9:30 a.m. at the River Ranch Apartments located at 303 South FM 1417.
According to preliminary reports, the contractors were working to remove a flag pole from in front of the apartment complex. As they removed the pole from a sleeve in the ground, the wind caught the pole and caused it fall over. As a result, it came into contact with a power line, sending an electric shock through the pole.
Russell, Schares, and Wells all suffered critical injuries in the accident and were rushed to Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center. Russell later succumbed to his injuries. Schares and Wells were eventually moved to the burn unit at Medical City Plano.
At this time, further details surrounding the accident are unclear. No further information has been released.
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The thing I'd like to know about this incident is, whose decision was it to work that day, and did they bother to look at a weather forecast before doing the job? Anyone who has so much as looked at a flag pole knows that a flag pole sways in the wind, and anyone going to the scene of the incident would be able to see that there are power lines near the job site. Wouldn't it be reasonable if their supervisor put two and two together and realized conditions might not have been safe for work?
Think of it this way. If one of your employees was tasked with installing glass on the side of a skyscraper, it should be obvious that high winds would not only make the job difficult, it would make the job amazingly treacherous. If the day came to do the job and there were high winds, what reasonable person would send their employee into those conditions?
Now I will admit it's entirely possible the wind was a sudden gust and there was no way to foresee such an incident. After all, weather does some very unpredictable things. That being said, all over Texas has been significantly windy over the last week or so, so it's likely that these weather conditions were entirely foreseeable. If that's the case, it needs to be determined exactly what made their supervisor decide conditions for working were okay when they obviously weren't.
Maybe there was a deadline they were rushing to meet, maybe it was absentmindedness, or maybe it was simple ineptitude. Regardless, the decisions leading to this deadly incident must be addressed, and any wrongdoing must be dealt with promptly and to the full extent of the law. It's the least that the victims and their families deserve.
--Grossman Law Offices