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Updated: 11:17 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | Posted: 8:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2012
MARION TOWNSHIP, Pa. —
Three cows were electrocuted when a transformer blew and wires fell on a farm in Marion Township.
Farm owner Ron Goehring said he woke up to hear the cows as they were being shocked.
"I could hear the cows in the barn bellowing and I knew they were getting shocked. It just kept exploding," Goehring said.
Around midnight a 69,000 volt power line was hit by trees that took out 10 transformers, two on Goehring's property.
Goehring, a milk supplier, said the surge killed three of his cows. He said two of them were pregnant. He believes the animals were drinking water at the time.
"I just felt helpless," Goehring said.
It is not clear what caused the tree to fall on the power lines and caused the surge. Penn Power replaced the transformers on Goehring's property.
Utility crews worked to restore power in the area. It was not immediately clear how many people were without service.
This accident comes two days after 10 cows were killed in Lawrence County after a guy wire broke and fell on top of live power lines.
Channel 11 News has learned that the live wires fell to the ground on Garner Road in Pulaski Township Monday evening.
Officials said 69,000 volts went into the ground and killed eight full-sized cows and two calves.
The power line failure also left almost 2,000 customers without service in Pulaski and Mahoning townships.
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