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Man electrocuted while trimming tree

April 19, 2011 |  8:30 pm

A Monrovia man was electrocuted Tuesday afternoon while trimming a tree, authorities said.

Roque Valdez, 48, died high in a tree at 2174 Goodall Ave. in an unincorporated area south of Monrovia shortly after 3 p.m., said Brandt House, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s  detective.

Valdez sawed off a branch, which hit a high-voltage wire as it fell, House said.

“When the branch hit the wire, the wire bounced toward him and he was electrocuted,” House said.

Agents from Cal-OSHA, the state agency that investigates worksite accidents, are investigating, he said.

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