Report: cable did not snap before worker's decapitation
Initial reports that a cable snapped are incorrect, investigators say.
Thursday, July 3rd 2014, 11:38 pm EDT by
CYNTHIANA, Ky. (AP) -- An Indiana man killed while working on a cell tower in central Kentucky has been identified.
Authorities are still trying to determine how 28-year-old Joel Metz, of Indianapolis, was decapitated as he worked on the tower hundreds of feet in the air on Wednesday.
WKYT-TV reports that investigators initially believed a cable had snapped, but they found the cable to be in one piece. The three other workers at the tower reported hearing a loud pop before realizing what happened, police say. The Harrison County sheriff had described it Wednesday as a "loud boom."
Metz worked for Fortune Wireless out of Indianapolis. Company officials were at the scene in Cynthiana, in Harrison County, on Thursday trying to figure out what caused the cable to loosen.
Metz's body was left suspended 240 feet in the air, and crews with Northern Kentucky Technical Rescue finally removed the body around 10 p.m. Thursday night.
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