Falls City man electrocuted after single-vehicle accident

A Falls City resident died Wednesday morning as a result of electrocution, after the pickup he was operating crashed into a power pole south of Rulo.

Charles E. Furrow, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene at 703 Trail near the intersection with 664 Road in rural Richardson County. The first Iowa Tribal Police Officer to arrive at the scene found Furrow laying face down underneath the power lines, then radioed for assistance and started CPR. Efforts to revive Furrow were not successful.

A witness told the Richardson County Sheriff that Furrow’s pickup truck and trailer skidded off the icy road and struck a power pole. The power pole fell across Furrow’s trailer and two lines were suspended approximately two and four feet above the ground. The witness said that Furrow exited his vehicle and stated that he was not injured.

After the witness notified authorities of the accident, Furrow said he would return to his truck to stay warm and the witness left.

An autopsy will be performed some time Thursday.

Correction: This story previously stated that the Iowa Tribal Police pronounced Mr. Furrow dead at the scene. An officer with the Iowa Tribal Police was the first emergency responder to arrive at the scene and CPR was conducted, but Mr. Furrow was later pronounced dead by the Richardson County Sheriff’s Office. 

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