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51-year-old Daniel Opong-Duah electrocuted in Monroe County

Published On: Jul 22 2013 01:53:05 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 22 2013 02:00:10 PM EDT
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A man was electrocuted Saturday night when his van hit a utility pole and high tension wires fell on the vehicle in Monroe County.

The accident happened around 7 p.m. on Brushy Mountain Road in Middle Smithfield Twp. when 51-year-old Daniel Opong-Duah lost control of his work van and hit a utility pole head on, officials said.

Opong-Duah was on his way home from his job in Newark, N.J., in his Service Electric company van.


After impact,  the utility pole broke into two pieces, and high tension lines fell on the van.

Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen said Opong-Duah was wearing a seat belt, and was not injured in the crash.

However, when he stepped out of the van, he lost the ground from the van's tires, and he was electrocuted, Allen said.

He would've survived had he stayed in the van, Allen added.

The man suffered electrical burns over 50 percent of his body, according to Allen, and Opong-Duah was pronounced dead upon arrival at Pocono Medical Center.

A forensic autopsy was performed Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital. The cause of death was electrocution, and it was ruled accidental.