GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (CBS4) – Power went out for a short time for a portion of the Denver Tech Center after a worker accidentally hit an electrical line underground and was badly injured.

Emergency officials say a worker who was digging a hole so they could put up a sign hit the electrical line at 5555 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard at approximately 9:30 a.m.

There was a flash, not an explosion as initially reported, and then the power went out.

“When we got here we found that someone had been digging to put in a sign, most probably struck the main and a flash electrical came out of the ground, struck him, burned him on a considerable percentage of his body,” Greenwood Village Police Chief John Jackson said.

The worker was taken to the hospital to be treated for burns on 60 percent of their body, according to authorities.

Xcel Energy officials didn’t have an estimate on the number of customers who were without power.


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