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A Southern California Edison worker repairing a power box has been killed by a speeding BMW in Lancaster in a crash that left the car driver in critical condition.

The fatality occurred at 20th Street East and on Avenue K west of 20th Street East, according to Los Angeles County sheriff‘s Detective Ryan Bodily.

The worker, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Preliminary information gathered at the scene revealed the Southern California Edison was working on a power box when a black BMW 740 left the roadway while traveling west on Avenue K,” Bodily said.

“Avenue K is a three-lane road for westbound traffic with a posted speed limit of 50 mph at the collision scene. According to witnesses, the BMW was driving at an unknown high speed when the collision occurred. The driver of the BMW had to be rescued from the vehicle by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.”

The injured motorist was taken to a hospital and was in critical condition, Bodily said.

The Edison worker was an Antelope Valley-based “troubleman,” or first- responder, according to utility spokeswoman Susan Cox.

“Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends,” Cox said after the crash just before noon Friday.

Anyone with information about the crash was urged to contact traffic investigators at the sheriff’s Lancaster Station by calling (661) 948-8466.

–City News Service

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