Man shocked by power line on Monday was previously attacked by Africanized bees
[KVIA] LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A Las Cruces arborist is in critical condition after he was severely shocked by a power line.

Coworkers at the scene told ABC-7's New Mexico Mobile Newsroom that Craig Lucky Benavidez, 52, was trimming a tree when he came in contact with a nearby power line. They said they were all working one second, and the next second they looked up and Benavidez was dangling from the tree.

Coworkers said it took between 30 minutes to an hour for El Paso Electric to arrive and shut off the power so they could cut him down. Coworkers described that as the most agonizing time of their lives.

A spokesman for the Las Cruces Police Department said Benavidez was flown to University Medical Center in El Paso.

Witnesses said Benavidez was screaming in pain as he was placed on a stretcher. They also said Benavidez had burn marks on his feet.

A sign on Benavidez's work truck claims he has 30 years of experience.

Benavidez was attacked by Africanized bees in July 2012.
Posted by: Fred 2013-01-08