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Updated: Inmate Dies After Industrial Accident at Wicomico Landfill

Posted: 09/19/2017 15:35:00 -04:00 Updated:
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SALISBURY, Md.- Authorities say an inmate who was shocked and burned last week in an industrial accident at the Wicomico County Landfill has died.

County officials said that 36-year-old James Blodgett passed away early Wednesday morning as a result of complications from his injuries. 

"The Wicomico County executive and all county staff express their deepest condolences to Mr. Blodgett’s family," the county said in a statement. 

The incident happened Sept. 19 when Blodgett, an inmate at the county detention center, was on a work assignment at the landfill located on Brick Kiln Road in Salisbury.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said that while mowing the lawn, Blodgett came into contact with a guide wire from an electric pole. The guide wire was in contact with a live electric wire, which investigators said ignited the mower on fire.

Other inmates on the work assignment used a fire extinguisher to put the fire out.

Delmarva Power responded to deactivate the electric wire.

Blodgett was transported to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center where he was being treated before he died.

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver told WBOC he is saddened by the news of Blodgett's death and said the county will continue to do "everything it can" to make sure accidents like this do not happen again.





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