Illinois lineman injured on job dies at Wisconsin hospital

Published: Nov. 7, 2016 at 6:55 PM CST
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Updated: November 10, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An Illinois worker injured in an electrical accident has died at a hospital in Wisconsin.

The medical examiner's office in Wisconsin's Dane County says 30-year-old Evan Hopperstad died Tuesday.

Hopperstad was working as a lineman in Illinois' Winnebago County on Monday when he came into contact with charged wires. He was flown to a Dane County hospital but didn't survive. Preliminary autopsy results indicate accidental electrocution.

Hopperstad was from the northern Illinois village of Capron. Local authorities in Illinois and Wisconsin and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration continue to investigate his death.


Updated Tuesday, November 8, 2016

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – A man who was hurt while working on a cable line in Winnebago County has died.

The man was working on the corner of Montague Street and Welden Road near the Village of Winnebago. His co-workers were performing CPR when police officers arrived. He was stabilized before being flown to UW Hospital in Madison.

OSHA is investigating the incident.


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – A worker is clinging to life after suffering an electrical shock while working on a cable line.

Investigators say the man was working on the corner of Montague Street and Welden Road. His co-workers were performing CPR when officers arrived. The victim was able to be resuscitated and stabilized before being flown by helicopter to a hospital in Madison.

We’re told the man had severe burns and officers believe his condition is critical.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office says these situations are rare and the matter is being investigated.