News Release
Dec. 08, 2002

VEHICLE ACCIDENT NEAR GASTONIA KILLS ONE OUT-OF-STATE UTILITY WORKER

CHARLOTTE, N.C.   – Duke Power reported today that a worker from an out-of-state utility was killed in a vehicle accident near Gastonia this morning. The accident occurred on U.S. 321.

 

The name of the person killed has not been announced pending notification of next-of-kin. The worker was traveling in a utility truck.

 

A total of 4,300 workers from 15 states have been assisting Duke Power in restoring power to more than one million customers whom have lost their power from an ice storm earlier this week. More than 700,000 customers have had their power restored.

 

“Duke Power expresses its condolences to the family of the utility worker killed this morning,” said Bill Coley, president of Duke Power. “We are deeply saddened by news of the accident. The support we have received from other utilities has been outstanding, and we deeply appreciate their extraordinary assistance.”

 

Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities and provides safe, reliable, competitively priced electricity to approximately two million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. Duke Power operates three nuclear generating stations, eight coal-fired stations, 31 hydroelectric stations and numerous combustion turbine units. Total system generating capability is approximately 19,300 megawatts. More information about Duke Power is available on the Internet at: www.dukepower.com.

 

Duke Energy is a diversified multinational energy company with an integrated network of energy assets and expertise. The company manages a dynamic portfolio of natural gas and electric supply, delivery and trading businesses – meeting the energy needs of customers throughout North America and in key markets around the world. Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.

 

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