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Two killed, one injured in industrial accident in Pella

Further investigation found the accident was likely caused by contract workers accidentally striking an underground power line while working.

PELLA, Iowa — Two people are dead, and one more hurt, after an industrial accident in Pella Saturday morning.

First responders arrived at the area of Main and Lincoln Streets around 8:40 Saturday morning.  They quickly secured the scene and found at least three contract workers injured, according to the Pella Police Department.

Genis Urgell Rueda, 35, and Nelson Joani Figueroa, 20, died from injuries sustained in the accident.  One more worker was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, and has since been released.

All three workers involved were from Richmond, Va.

Further investigation found that contract workers had accidentally struck an underground high-voltage power cable while they were working to install other underground lines,

Police say many nearby residents were temporarily evacuated from the area while they looked for signs of potential gas or electrical hazards.

Residents were asked to avoid the area until at least 4:00 p.m.