Bridge worker dead in accident

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Associated Press

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A coroner says a worker helping crews prepare to paint the Glover H. Cary Bridge in Owensboro has died.

Daviess County Coroner Jeff Jones says the 35-year-old man died Monday evening after being taken to a hospital. His name was not released.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd told the Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/16LGVX ) that other workers found the man unconscious and tangled in safety netting. Todd said the man had burns on his hands, which is an indication he might have been shocked by electrical wires.

"Apparently a worker came into contact with a power line," Todd said. "We don't know yet if it was something he was working with, like some kind of equipment, or if he touched something by accident."

Both the contractor and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are investigating to determine what happened.

Officials closed the bridge to traffic this month for repainting and repairs.

Todd said workers have been making preparations for weeks for the project, including installing equipment and industrial tarps to keep paint out of the river and dismantling large decorative lights to store while the work is ongoing.

"This could've had something to do with the lights," Todd said. "We just don't know yet."

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Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com

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