NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — North Little Rock’s electric utility says a worker died Wednesday morning while responding to a call of a wire in the roadway.

North Little Rock Electric says 53-year-old Doug Thurmond’s injuries were consistent with an electric shock. The utility says Thurmond was a journeyman lineman who’d worked 17 years for the department.

The utility says an internal investigation into the accident is underway, but that the wire was in the road after a vehicle accident.

North Little Rock Electric General Manager James Bray says Thurmond was an exceptionally skilled lineman and that the utility is “devastated” for his family’s loss.