A Kentucky Power crew got more than it bargained for recently, encountering seven copperheads while working on repairs in Pike County.
The crew was called to restore power for people living in Grassy Fork of Raccoon Creek one night this summer, according to a news release. While repairing a broken pole near a house, the crew and a homeowner killed six copperheads in an hour.
A seventh copperhead managed to slither away from the crew and made off for a wooded area, according to the news release.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” line crew supervisor David Sammons said in the news release. “With copperheads, you are more likely to see them at night than during the day. They stir around at night to feed. You might see one or two, but six like that in one spot? That just doesn’t happen.”
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The alarming number of venomous snakes didn’t stop the repair work.
“After we saw all those snakes, we still had to fix the pole,” Sammons said. “A lot of times, you don’t have time to think about it. That night we were really paying attention. We were all on edge and very careful where we were stepping.”