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Landscape worker electrocuted

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

A Dry Ridge man was electrocuted Monday night as he was removing brush from a dump truck.

Kenneth Tyler Cummins, 23, died instantly when the dump bed truck he was working near either hit a power line or came in close enough contact with the line to cause the truck to be “electrified.”

Cummins and two other employees of Showplace Landscaping on U.S. 25 between Crittenden and Dry Ridge were emptying the truck around 5:30 p.m.

Grant County Coroner Marylee Willoby said Cummins was touching the truck when it moved forward.

“When the truck pulled up it either made contact or the (power lines) arced,” she said. “The power lines didn’t break so we’re just not sure which of the two occurred.”

Cummins’ fellow employee who was driving the truck managed to escape the cab without injury.

“He may have jumped clear or got out in the split second it wasn’t electrified, but had he had one foot on the ground and one in the truck he would have also been electrocuted,” Willoby said.

“This was just a tragedy,” Willoby said.

Cummins, the son of Ken and Cynthia Cummins, was a graduate of Grant County High School.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home. See www.grantky.com for more information.

Deputy Kevin Burke of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.

The Crittenden Fire Department, Kentucky State Police and TransCare Ambulance responded to the scene.

Because the accident happened at Cummins’ work place, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is also investigating.