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A truck driver was shocked and critically injured when a grain silo he was hauling on a flatbed truck, hit an overhead power line in Hancock County.

Donald Beck, 39, of Shelbyville, was traveling on a rural road near Maxwell when the accident happened, according to Hancock County authorities.

Beck was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital, in Indianapolis, in critical condition with burns.

The silo, which was sideways on the truck, got tangled with live wires overhead, police said. The driver was shocked when he climbed on top of the silo to untangle the wires.

Beck, who worked for Carl R. Moore Construction Co., did not have a permit to haul the oversized load. According to police, the load appeared too high on the flatbed.

The accident is being investigated by the Indiana Department of Labor and Indiana State Police.

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