Princess Anne, Maryland
A 28-year-old Bishopville man was electrocuted Thursday when a crane he was operating touched an overhead power line on Old Princess Anne-Westover Road.
Michael Gray was pronounced dead at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, despite efforts by two nearby homeowners and Princess Anne Volunteer Fire Company paramedics to revive him.
Gray, who worked for White’s Construction Co. of Willards, was installing new power lines to buildings owned by Eastern Shore Forest Products when the accident happened.
Terry Shreaves and Tomeka Murray, who live near the site, said one of Gray’s coworkers ran to their homes for help. Both women called 911 and were directed to administer CPR until an ambulance arrived.
Shreaves and Murray, along with two men they believed were employees of the construction company, stayed with Gray until paramedics arrived.
Neither woman is trained in CPR, but followed instructions from one of the men, Shreaves said.
“Everybody really should learn (CPR),” she said.
Gray apparently had his hands on the controls of the crane when it touched the power line. The crane was on the back of a truck parked just off the road on the side of a field, and Gray was standing outside the vehicle at the time.
Shreaves said a jolt of electricity also ignited the truck’s tires.
The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office blocked off the area until Conectiv Power Delivery workers were able to turn off the power so the truck and crane could be removed from the site.