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Arlington Water Main Repaired After Two Workers Electrocuted

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By Rebecca Blatt

Crews have finally completed repairing and re-pressurizing a large water main that ruptured in Arlington, Virginia this week. The project required the work of dozens of county employees, and cost one man his life.

The 36-inch main broke on Old Glebe Road between North Dittmore Street and North Glebe Road Monday. Crews worked around the clock on the repairs. And on Wednesday morning, two county employees were electrocuted while trying to move lights brought in for overnight shifts.

One, who had served the county for 24 years, died. Another remains hospitalized with severe burns.

The incident is being investigated by Arlington County Police and the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Detours may remain in the area for several days as crews repair the street.


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