PATOKA — A Duke Energy worker was transported to the hospital Thursday afternoon following an incident involving a train in Patoka.

Gibson County Sheriff's Sgt. Roger Ballard said a Duke worker was working to fix a downed power line that was crossing the track. The worker was up in the bucket truck manipulating the line to reaffix it to the pole.

Ballard said when the train came through, one of its cars snagged the line and hit the worker up in the bucket of his truck. He was knocked out of the bucket, but due to his safety harness, he was kept from hitting the ground.

Other members of his crew were able to get him down then.

Ballard said the worker was transferred to the hospital for injuries, none of which appeared life-threatening at the time.

Ballard said in this case, the sheriff's office documents the scene and does its initial report, but CSX will also do its own investigation.

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