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Crane operator survives jolt

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MURRAY — A construction worker is lucky to be alive today after an estimated 12,000 volts of electricity went through his vehicle.

The man was operating a crane on Fashion Boulevard near 5600 South and 300 East when the boom hit two overhead power lines.

The electricity went down the boom, through the truck, blew out all 10 tires and went into the ground, Murray Deputy Fire Marshall Jesse Valenzuela said. Even though the ground was muddy from the rain, the electricity immediately dried up the ground and turned the dirt under the tires to glass, he said.

Somehow the man was able to jump out of the crane and crawl to safety.