DANVILLE, VA. - A Danville Power and Light employee died Thursday morning while working on a power line.

Samuel Thompson, 63, was electrocuted on Applewood Drive in Pittsylvania County around 8 a.m. He and a coworker were responding to a power outage.

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"We are deeply saddened to lose a member of the Danville utilities family,” Utilities Director Jason Grey said. “This is a difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sam’s family, friends and coworkers.”

Grey said Thompson was inside the elevated bucket truck when the accident occurred.

Thompson worked as a lineman for the utilities department for more than 20 years.