Kentucky Power crew comes across seven venomous snakes on call

Six venomous snakes killed during an evening service call in the Pikeville District are shown in a pile. Snakes can be a hazard for crews up into November.
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PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

David Sammons and his crew were called out to fix a broken pole and restore power to about a dozen residents of Grassy Fork of Raccoon Creek, which is a mountainous area of Pike County.

While on that call, Sammons and his crew came across seven copperheads.

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.”

Within an hour, the crew and homeowner killed six of them while another one in the right-a-way slithered away into the woods.

Sammons said making repairs after encountering a half-dozen snakes will make anyone pay more attention to where they walk.

“After we saw all those snakes, we still had to fix the pole,” he 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.”

April through November is the time when crews will most often encounter snakes on the job.

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