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2 workers hospitalized after shock from power line

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One of the two workers struck by the power line in Southwest Miami-Dade. One of the two workers struck by the power line in Southwest Miami-Dade.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Ryan Townsend. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Ryan Townsend.

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- An accident on the job led to an intense life-or-death situation for a roof worker after he and another colleague were struck by a power line, Monday.

Officials said three workers were laying tile on the roof of an unoccupied home near 14565 S.W. 112th St. when a crane used to transport the tile hit a power line. The electrical wire then struck two of the workers.

"There was like an explosion, and you could see all the fire going on up there," said area resident Marlene Santovenia, who was inside her home at the time of the accident. "All you could hear was the explosion. I mean, it was a big bang."

Santovenia said she rushed outside to find one of the workers on the ground writhing in pain. "He was in agony, just yelling and screaming on the floor," said Santovenia. "He was like, 'What was happening? What was happening?' There was another guy. I guess he was driving the truck, and I said to him, 'Do we call 911?' He said, 'Yes, call 911, call 911.'"

Santovenia then spotted the second worker hit by the jolt of electricity, and she said he appeared unresponsive. "I noticed on the other side, there was a man lying on the floor so, I mean, he was like, we didn't see him breathing," she said. "We thought he was really, really bad."

A black mark was visible under a busted tire showing where the electricity hit the ground.

Moments later, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Ryan Townsend and his crew arrived on the scene. "We go ahead and check out all the patients who are on the scene, one of which was what we call 'walking wounded,'" he said. "He didn't have any critical, life-threatening injuries. The other one, however, was unconscious and laying on the floor."

Rescuers were able to revive the unconscious worker before he was hauled to the hospital. Both men were rushed to Kendall Regional Medical Center in stable condition.

Townsend said his crew's quick response may have played a crucial role in ensuring the man who was revived made it safely to the hospital. "He had a lot of positive signs when we released him," he said. "We gave him a chance, and that chance that we are able to give another person helps us to continue on a night like tonight."

Hours later, the owner of the tiling company showed up. Speaking in Spanish, he said he prayed his workers would be able to survive the accident. "My other workers tried to help, but they couldn't, so they started praying," he said as he fought back tears.

Neighbors said the lights did flicker very briefly after the incident, but according to Florida Power and Light, no power was lost.

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