Atascocita man dies after being electrocuted while trimming trees ahead of Hurricane Laura

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Hours before Hurricane Laura made landfall, a man preparing for its arrival died in a tragic accident.

A 62-year-old man in the Eagle Springs subdivision of Atascocita was electrocuted while trimming tree limbs near his home ahead of Laura’s arrival, KHOU (CBS 11) reported.

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Officials told the channel it appeared the victim’s chainsaw struck a nearby power line, killing him almost instantly.

The man’s wife told deputies she saw a flash but did not immediately investigate according to KHOU. She later found his body next to the 12-foot ladder.

The victim’s information has not been released.

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