Lineman who was killed was Fairmont man

FAIRMONT — The lineman who was electrocuted Wednesday morning while working on power lines has been identified as a 28-year-old Fairmont man.

Matt Sampson died after the incident near 271 Fire Tower Road, Sheriff Ken Sealey said. He was rushed to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. A death announcement provided to The Robesonian said he was from Rowland.

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 10:09 a.m. from East Coast Electrical Construction about a lineman being electrocuted, Sealey said. A witnesses said that Sampson may have crossed the wrong wires, the sheriff said.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, but Sealey believes it was accidental.

Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation officials say Sampson was a contractor employed by East Coast Electric of Pembroke.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the crews and team members of this individual, but most especially with his family,” said Steven Hunt, CEO and president of Lumbee River EMC.

The North Carolina Department of Labor, East Coast Electric and Lumbee River EMC also will conduct an investigation of the incident.

Lumbee River EMC, located on 605 E. Fourth Ave. in Red Springs, is a not-for-profit electric cooperative owned by more than 50,000 members. It serves in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson and Scotland counties.