County worker remains hospitalized after accident

In this file photo, Emery McDavid, left, and Emanuel Baker, with Alachua County Public Works, tighten a clasp on a over 100 foot hose to drain a retention pond off 39th Avenue, at Summit Oaks, in Gainesville, June 26, 2012. Baker is in intensive care after a power line pole fell on him Monday night while working in Micanopy.

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Published: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 2:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 2:38 p.m.

An Alachua County Public Works employee who was struck by a utility pole that snapped while he was clearing storm debris remained in critical condition Wednesday.

Emanuel Baker, 58, was clearing trees Monday night in Micanopy that had been downed by a powerful storm. As another worker attempted to remove a tree with a county vehicle, the tree became stuck on a power line and caused a utility pole to snap.

The pole fell on Baker’s head, knocking him out. Officers at the scene performed CPR until Baker’s pulse returned. He was transported to Shands at the University of Florida.

Baker remained in critical condition and hadn’t regained consciousness as of Wednesday afternoon, according to county spokesman Mark Sexton.

“Everyone in the county is sending their thoughts and prayers to him, and we are holding our breath and wishing the best for him and his family,” Sexton said.

Contact staff reporter Nathan Crabbe at 338-3176 or

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