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Billings woman shocked by electrical wire in park

Posted at 10:58 PM, Jun 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-30 12:43:26-04

BILLINGS – A woman was taken to the hospital on Saturday afternoon after touching a live wire at Pioneer Park in Billings.

It happened around 1:15 p.m. in the northeast portion of the park, near Virginia Lane and Avenue F.

It is unclear how the wire came loose or how it got to be hanging near the trail that goes along the creek that winds through Pioneer Park.

According to Billings Fire Battalion Chief Ed Regele, the woman grabbed the power line, and a man walking in the park stopped to help get her loose from the wire and administered CPR.

Another man stopped and also helped with CPR until paramedics arrived. Regele said the woman was conscious when she left in the ambulance.

As of 2 p.m., police remained on scene to keep people away from the wire until Northwestern Energy could fix the wire.

This is an ongoing investigation.

According to Lisa Perry, community relations manager for NorthWestern Energy, Billings police are on scene as well as NorthWestern Energy’s operation manager. The wire has been removed and is no longer hot, she said.

The Billings Police Deparment and NorthWestern Energy are working together to determine what happened.

-Reported by David Jay/MTN News