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41-year-old man killed in 'industrial incident' at LG&E power plant

Michael Sallengs' family remember him as a "fun-loving goofball that had your side hurting by the end of family night."

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A man is dead after an "industrial incident" at the LG&E power plant on Dixie Highway on Monday.

Michael Sallengs, 41, died from injuries he sustained in an industrial accident at the Mill Creek Generation Station, according to the Jefferson County Coroner.

According to an LG&E spokesperson, Sallengs was a contractor from the "Wood Group" who was working in the plant. He was found around 11 p.m.; LG&E officials are working with police to figure out what happened.

Ron Heath, Michael's nephew-in-law, said Michael was "a fun-loving goofball."

"He was a fun-loving goofball that had your side hurting by the end of family night -- always upbeat and never down."

Michael's neighbor, Misty Roberts, says while it pains her to know she won't see him anymore, her heart aches even more for his wife and entire family.

"He was a really good man," she said, "I've been sitting inside work just boo- hooing, ugly crying. I can't imagine what they're feeling."

In a statement, an LG&E spokesperson said resources will be available to assist employees through this difficult time.

"Our hearts are with the contractor’s family and loved ones, the Wood Group and all of the employees who worked with him. A loss like this is felt throughout the Mill Creek facility and across all of our LG&E and KU family," they said.

A spokesperson the Wood Group, Sallengs' employer, said in a statement that his death is currently under investigation.

"We can confirm that a Wood employee, Michael Sallengs, has tragically lost his life while at work on the LG&E Mill Creek facility in Louisville, Ky. The cause of death is currently under investigation. We are working with the local authorities to understand what happened. Our priority right now is care for Michael’s family and teammates. Our hearts go out to everyone who knew and loved him."

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