LEAD MINE, W.Va. | A Portage man has survived a helicopter crash that killed an electric lineman in West Virginia's Tucker County, an Allegheny Energy Inc. spokesman said Monday.
The crash occurred Saturday morning after a crew had finished installing wire for Allegheny's Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line, or TrAIL, Doug Colafella said. The pilot and two other linemen were taken to a Morgantown hospital.
The dead man's name has not been released. Colafella identified the survivors as Ryan Joseph Lange, 31, of Portage; Meffrey M. McKay, 34, of Olive Hill, Ky.; and Robert A. Rogers, 40, of Dacula, Ga. He was uncertain which man was the pilot.
Colafella said Lange was treated and released Saturday. The condition of the other two was not known.
The cause of the crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, Colafella said. The helicopter went down in the power line's right of way after the linemen had finished attaching wires to a transmission tower.
"We're terribly saddened by this accident," Colafella said. "I can't emphasize enough what a priority safety is on this project."
The linemen worked for PAR Electrical Contractors from Kansas City, Mo. The pilot works for Winco Power Line Services from Aurora, Ore. Both companies are owned by Houston-based Quanta Services Inc.
PAR and Winco are subcontractors on the TrAIL project, Colafella said. The 500-kilovolt line will stretch between Pennsylvania and northern Virginia and pass through six in West Virginia.