Medical examiner identifies man electrocuted during tree-trimming accident

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MADISON, Wis. — The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man killed during a tree-trimming accident on Madison’s south side earlier this week.

A forensic examination from the medical examiner confirmed 38-year-old Dustin L. Gurney of Janesville died Tuesday after being electrocuted.

The Madison Police Department says a company was trimming trees near the intersection of West Broadway and Hoboken Road around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday when a branch got stuck in a power line. When a tree-trimming employee pulled the branch, the power line snapped and hit a company vehicle below.

Gurney was reportedly leaning against the company vehicle at the time and was shocked. Authorities determined he died at the scene.

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His death remains under investigation by the Madison Police Department and the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.