The victim in an Oct. 25 fatal crash of a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. truck in Southern Humboldt was identified Monday as Colby Kyle, a 26-year-old from Mississippi.
Kyle had been employed by a company sub-contracting for the Northern California utility, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sam Williams said Monday. The crash took place one day before PG&E shut off power to large portions of the county.
Kyle was driving a Freightliner truck on Alderpoint Road late afternoon on Oct. 25, when his vehicle veered off the side of the road and overturned. He was ejected from the truck and died from injuries.
No other passengers or vehicles were involved in the crash, California Highway Patrol said.
It is still unknown what caused the truck to come off the road. It’s also unclear at what speed the truck was traveling prior to the crash.
Born in 1992, Kyle was a resident of Kosciusko, Mississippi, and worked as a journeyman lineman with a construction company, according to an obituary in The Star-Herald, a Mississippi newspaper.
Kyle graduated from a local community college and was a union member with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
In addition to his direct family members, Kyle is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and their children: Colton, Kipton and Jessa. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Kosciusko.
In a statement following the incident, PG&E said the safety of its “customers, employees, contractors and the communities” is the utility’s top priority.
“Unfortunately, a contractor working for PG&E has died in a vehicular incident,” said spokesperson Megan McFarland. “Our thoughts are with all those involved in the incident and his family. We are working with law enforcement to investigate the circumstances of the incident.”
The utility dispatched a large number of service vehicles to Humboldt County prior to the massive power shutoff in late October that cut energy for hundreds of thousands of PG&E customers.
Shomik Mukherjee can be reached at 707-441-0504.