State orders report on unused power lines after girl's death



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's Public Service Commission has ordered a utility company to help identify unused power lines in Detroit following the accidental electrocution of a 12-year-old girl.

The commission opened an investigation following the September 2016 death of K'Brianna Griffin. The girl was killed when she came into contact with a downed power line in a friend's yard. The line was inactive but energized because it was resting on a live DTE Energy power line.

The commission says DTE Energy will work with Detroit's Public Lighting department to find unused lines.

The commission is trying to determine how much abandoned wire remains, who owns the lines and accessibility to the wires. A report is due by March 30.

Detroit Public Lighting estimates at least 600 to 900 miles (966 to 1,448 kilometers) of out-of-service wires are in its service area.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast