An electrical lineman working to restore power in storm ravished Vernon Parish has been seriously injured. Southwestern Electric Power Company, commonly known as SWEPCO, said in a statement that the incident occurred Tuesday morning, and the injured lineman has been identified as Travis Dixon, of Mena, Arkansas.
According to SWEPCO, Dixon was flown by medical helicopter to the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport where he was, at last word, continuing to undergo treatment.
There’s no word on what exactly happened to Dixon.
Dixon was one of a countless number of linemen from across the country that have been working in southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas since category 4 Hurricane Laura came ashore on Thursday, August 27th. The deadly hurricane went straight up through Cameron, Calcasieu, Beauregard, and Vernon Parishes, leaving damage in several Louisiana Parishes and Texas Counties.
Closer to home, Jasper-Newton Electric Co-Op lineman Justin Smith suffered a serious injury to his foot the day after the hurricane. Smith, despite his Beech Grove home being destroyed in the storm, was working with fellow linemen in an effort to restore power to the region. Smith was cutting a downed tree off of a power line when the tree fell on both of his feet.
A fish fry fundraiser will be held for Smith on Saturday, September 12th at the Beech Grove Fire Department.