It is with great sadness that we announce the death of 6-month IBEW 1245 member Edgar Castillo of Elk Grove, who lost his life in a work vehicle accident at the age of 37 while working to support the atmospheric river event.
On January 7, Castillo, a Foreman working for Mountain F. Enterprises (a subcontractor for PG&E) and Journeyman Line Clearance Tree Trimmer Jose Hernandez, were traveling to clear debris in the city of Manchester while driving a 100’ bucket truck in poor weather conditions and very steep terrain. For unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway and down an embankment resulting in the death of Castillo. At this time, the accident is still under investigation. The passenger, Hernandez, sustained serious injuries and is currently receiving care at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
IBEW 1245 and Mountain F. Enterprises have been working together to give comfort and assistance to the families of the members involved. There is a community of people affected by this tragic event and have come together in unity and gratitude.
“The work our members perform every day is dangerous enough, coupled with the recent storms and extreme environmental conditions, it has added another element to these hazards,” said IBEW 1245 Sr. Assistant Business Manager Ralph Armstrong.
“This is a tragic loss to the families of these men and to everyone who knew them, as their lives have forever been altered,” added Armstrong. “It’s just tragic and heartbreaking.”
Brother Castillo is survived by his wife Leticia, and five children, including twins. The Castillo family could use our support during this difficult time. Please contribute what you can using the following GoFundMe link. Additionally, a vacation sale has been set up by the company, and PG&E employees can contribute by following this link.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.