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Man decapitated while working on cell tower

Worker decapitated on cell tower in central Kentucky; crew called in to bring his body down

CYNTHIANA, Ky. — A central Kentucky sheriff says a man was decapitated as he worked 240 feet above ground on a cell phone tower.

Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton says the man, in his 20s, was one of two workers on the tower when a heavy antenna fell and a cable struck him around 2:20 p.m. EDT Wednesday. Hampton said the man was still hanging in his safety harness five hours later, and a crew called in from northern Kentucky was about to begin bringing his body down.

Hampton said two other men were on the ground when it happened. No one else was injured.

They were working at a Verizon tower but are employed by another company. Hampton was not releasing the company name or any other information about the workers.

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