A pickup truck struck an electrical pole early Thursday near Ely, and a man who got out of the vehicle came in contact with a live wire and was fatally shocked.

The crash occurred on Hwy. 21 and Moss Ridge Road, about a mile south of Ely, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.

Jacob Forsman, 21, of Ely, was killed. The other person in the pickup, 22-year-old Carter Manning, of Beaver Bay, Minn., was taken to a hospital in Ely with unspecified injuries.

Authorities have yet to confirm which man was driving the pickup.

The vehicle was heading toward Ely about 12:45 a.m., left the highway, rolled into a ditch and hit a power pole, the sheriff's office said.

It was then that Forsman exited the pickup and "came into contact with a live electrical wire," leaving him dead at the scene, a sheriff's statement read.

Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Borchers said Forsman either "stepped close to or onto the wire. It was raining, and the current easily could have transferred" through the water.

Paul Walsh