Thermal, CA – Two men were killed when the bucket truck they were using to pollinate palm trees came in contact with high voltage wires. Leaking oil from the truck caused it to erupt into flames. The entire vehicle was on fire. The two workers, who were not immediately identified, were pronounced dead at the scene.
UPDATE: The victims have been identified as 22 year old Osvaldo Ceron-Sevilla of Thermal and Ernesto Hurtado of Coachella.
UPDATE May 31, 2017: FATALITY ASSESSMENT released; https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/face/pdfs/16CA003.pdf