Coroner Releases ID of SCE Lineman Killed in Explosion

Staff Writers Doug Spoon, Melissa Land and Kristen Spoon contributed to this report. Southern Cal...

Staff Writers Doug Spoon, Melissa Land and Kristen Spoon contributed to this report.

Southern California Edison and local authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion and fire today that killed an SCE employee and injured three others.

Jose Raul Ros, 38, of Winchester was working in an underground vault near the intersection of Murrieta and Ridgemoor Roads about 7 a.m. today, performing maintenance on an infrastructure improvement project, according to David Song, a spokesman for SCE. An explosion and fire at that location was reported at about 7:45. Firefighters arrived to find SCE workers trying to revive Ros, who died at the scene.

Three other employees who were injured were treated at local hospitals and released.

The fatality occurred near the Newcomb substation, where an incident of copper theft on Wednesday resulted in a power outage affecting more than 22,000 customers. SCE officials said today's accident is not related to that incident, however.

Ros, a distribution lineman, is survived by his wife and two young daughters. He was an employee at the company for 11 years.

"We are deeply saddened by today’s tragic event and we extend our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Ros’ family," said Ron Litzinger, president of SCE. "We are in close contact with the injured employees and counseling is being offered to those affected by this unfortunate accident."

SCE has launched an investigation into the accident and is working with other parties to determine its cause.

Murrieta Road was blocked off between Lazy Creek Road and Ridgemoor Road during the investigation and a power outage affected about 4,000 homes.


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  2. How heartbreaking. My prayers are with him and his family.

  3. Tragic. My condolences to his family. My dad was a SCE lineman for 35 years and always hated the underground vaults because of the danger. I pray for a speedy recovery for the other injured workers.

  4. Long Time Lineworker.April 26, 2013 6:46 AM

    May GOD comfort the family of our lost brother. Hi Voltage is very unforgiving. A lineman's life is very hidden from the public light, but at any hour of any day, line workers are out fixing or maintaining the system for the public to see lights when they flip a switch.When you see the workers remember that they are just dedicated workers doing what they can to keep your electric service working.

  5. Heartbreaking! Ros was known by my husband who is also a Linemen with SCE. We are heartbroken for his family :( Sending prayers to his family and to those that were hurt .

  6. I am so sorry to hear that a young man lost his life doing his job. What a horribly tragic accident, I pray that God wraps his arms around this family to comfort them and the families of the other injured workers. I pray that they remember every precious moment with their loved ones and someday soon will find the strength to go on living...



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