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Utility Worker Killed In Sunday Accident

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Power reported Sunday that a worker from an out-of-state utility was killed in a vehicle accident near Gastonia Sunday morning. The accident occurred on U.S. 321.

The name of the person killed has not been announced pending notification of next-of-kin. The worker was traveling in a utility truck.

A total of 4,300 workers from 15 states have been assisting Duke Power in restoring power to more than one million customers whom have lost their power from an ice storm earlier this week. More than 700,000 customers have had their power restored.

"Duke Power expresses its condolences to the family of the utility worker killed this morning," said Bill Coley, president of Duke Power. "We are deeply saddened by news of the accident. The support we have received from other utilities has been outstanding, and we deeply appreciate their extraordinary assistance."

Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, is one of the nation's largest electric utilities and provides electricity to approximately two million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina.

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