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Teen electrocuted while climbing pole

A 15-year-old Fruit Heights boy was killed Friday afternoon after he was electrocuted by a 46,000 volt line and fell 40 to 50 feet from a transformer tower.

Scott Nye was declared dead at the scene. Davis County Sheriff's Capt. Kenny Payne said Nye and four friends began climbing a 60- to 70-foot-tall metal-framed, high-tension transformer power pole on a hill east of Fruit Heights about 3:40 p.m.

Shortly after the boys started climbing, the four others changed their minds and went back down. Nye, however, kept climbing, Payne said.

About three-quarters of the way up was a crossbar that acts as a platform. Nye reached that platform and raised his hands, Payne said. At that point, investigators are unsure if he touched the high-voltage power line above him or if the line arced. After he was electrocuted, Nye fell off the platform to the ground.

Unfortunately, Payne said Friday's tragedy was not an isolated incident.

"Over the years we've had similar incidents," he said. "Common sense would tell you, 'Don't do that.' But sometimes it's the adventurous spirit (that lures people into dangerous situations)."

Payne encouraged families to talk to their children about all the dangers associated with power lines.