STERLING – The telecommunications company worker electrocuted while working on a utility pole Tuesday at 23rd and Locust streets was a 32-year-old West Chicago man, the Whiteside County coroner said in a news release this morning.
Robert Zulauf was pronounced dead at the scene just before 1 p.m., Coroner Joe McDonald said.
Another worker, his nephew Jordan R.M. Zulauf, 23, also of West Chicago, was airlifted to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where he remains in critical condition.
Robert Zulauf is the owner of Zucru Communications, based in West Chicago, which was the name on the truck at the scene.
"What we know now is that they were working on the utility lines, pulling fiber-optic cable, and the bucket on the truck came into contact with the power lines," Deputy Fire Chief Mike Dettman said Tuesday.
Emergency workers responded to the accident near the Circle K convenience store just after noon. It caused a power outage for a little over an hour for 815 customers from 29th Street north to 10th Street south, and Locust to Dillon Avenue east and west, a ComEd spokeswoman said.
Sterling Police and ComEd are investigating.