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Three men, including a Warren resident, dead in electrocution accident

by Emily Waldrep

Three men, including one Warren resident, died on Wednesday, August 6 in an electrical accident on US 69 near Village Mills.

According to Hardin County officials, the three men identified as Samuel Anderson, age 20, of Warren; Trevor Riddick, age 26, of Silsbee and Gary Wortman, age 31, of Silsbee, were putting up a metal building for Streamline Well Testing when they pushed a metal scaffold into a 7, 260-volt power line. All three men were severely electrocuted.

The men worked for a construction company out of Silsbee called Pro Steel Buildings.
Anderson lived with his fiancé and her family in Warren and had two children.

According to Texas statutes 752.003, workers must report to the line operator within 48 hours of work being done on lines over 600 volts.

It is unknown whether the men contacted the line operator in this case.