WEST DEER, Pa. (WPMG) – Edward Newman, a K-9 handler and officer for the West Deer Police Department, is suing West Penn Power (which wills oon be known as Energy Harbor) due to him witnessing a victim being electrocuted on April 12th, 2018.
Newman, a volunteer firefighter at the West Deer Fire Department, responded to an incident in April of 2018 where Terry Colton was seen being electrocuted from a fallen utility wire. Newman told his attorneys that witnessing Colton being electrocuted and burned alive has caused PTSD.
Named as a second defendant was Asplundh Tree Experts LLC.
The incident happened several years ago, but Newman remembers it clear as day.
Reportedly, Newman responded to an emergency alarm for a working brush fire which started on Colton’s property. No one realized it, but a live wire had fallen and started to burn the outer edge of Colton’s yard, which caused sparks.
As Newman started to walk back to his vehicle, he heard Colton begin to scream and fall to the ground. As Newman approached him, he noticed a live wire laying on Colton’s chest.
Newman sat there and watched Colton’s body tremor and burn himself alive from the inside out, which Newman smelled burning flesh for an hour while West Penn Power crews took a detour to arrive.
The lawsuit brings up numerous points, including how Colton told West Penn Power in 2011 to turn off those same electrical lines as they were unused.
Newman claims West Penn Power and Asplundh failed to trim the trees around Colton’s property. Newman also claimed both parties caused negligent infliction of emotional distress, and one claim of public nuisance.
Colton’s family is also suing West Penn Power and Asplundh Tree Experts for wrongful death. Their lawsuit was filed in 2018.