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A 55-year-old Roseville man was electrocuted Monday morning during a landscaping job in Oak Park.

The incident took place about 10 a.m. at an apartment complex in the area of 10 Mile and Greenfield, said Steve Cooper, Oak Park's director of public safety.

"It's a terrible, terrible tragedy," Cooper said.

A secondary wire dropped into the dump bed of his truck. A primary wire followed, and when the man tried to move the wires from the dump bed, he was shocked. Cooper said the belief is that the man did not know the dump bed was electrified at the time.

"He immediately went down," Cooper said. "He may have been gone by the time he hit the ground."

Police have notified the man's family.

Randi Berris, a spokeswoman for DTE Energy, called the incident a "tragic reminder" of the need for safe practices when the public comes in contact with downed power lines.

Motorists who have power lines fall onto their vehicles have a special set of considerations. In a post last May on the company's Empowering Michigan blog, DTE Energy offered advice on what motorists should do if a power line falls on their vehicle. 

Motorists should assume the wire is live. They should stay put, if possible and if a fire has not been sparked.

They should call 911. Authorities have direct lines to DTE, which will send workers who can de-energize the fallen power line. 

In the event someone does need to exit, it is important to not touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time. 

As the blog explains: "When jumping, keeping feet together is more important than how far you jump. If your feet are apart from each other, it could create a bridge, allowing electricity to run through you. So jump as far as you can from the vehicle without jeopardizing your stance."

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