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Accident Claims Life of MLGW Employee Tuesday
June 15, 2010
MLGW employee Reginald Payne was fatally injured in a routine transmission maintenance accident today. The incident occurred near Ingram Micro and the BFI Landfill in Millington, off of Highway 51.

Payne, 42, a Crew Leader, Lineman in Electric Distribution, had been employed at the Division since 1989. He is survived by his mother, and two children.

Another, employee Kortnie Dockery, an Apprentice Lineman, Electric Distribution, was also injured in the accident. Dockery is being treated at the Med. He is listed in stable condition. Both Payne and Dockery were performing routine transmission maintenance when part of a pole fell and struck Payne.

This incident marks the first time since April 2002 that an MLGW employee has died in the line of duty.

"The entire MLGW family mourns today for our friend and co-worker, Reggie Payne," said MLGW President and CEO Jerry Collins Jr. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Today is a sobering reminder to all of us of the dangerous work that MLGW employees perform everyday. Reggie Payne gave his life serving the customers of Shelby County and we will not forget his dedication."

MLGW is currently conducting an investigation of the accident.