Passenger of semi electrocuted after trying to raise cable line over roadway

Ponca City Now - July 6, 2018 10:59 am

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol investigated a personal injury incident which involved the electrocution of a passenger in a 2013 Kenworth truck Thursday afternoon.

The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Arpelar, OK, in Pittsburg County.

The driver of the truck, Douglas D. Sumners, 53, of Ozark, Arkansas, was not injured.

The passenger, Don Luber, 52, of Oklahoma City, was transported by Pafford Ambulance to McAlester Regional HealthCenter in McAlester, OK, then transferred to Hillcrest Medical Ceenter in Tulsa. He was listed in critical condition with massive injuries.

The Highway Patrol said the vehicle was westbound on U.S. 270 and Luber was riding on top of the vehicle’s load, attempting to raise a cable line over the roadway so the semi could pass underneath. Luber came into contact with an electrical line.


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