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Teen Is Electrocuted

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

New details after an 18-year-old was electrocuted.

Police say he was trying to steal copper from power lines.

It happened in the Red Bird area near the Bell and Clay County line.

State police say 18 Joseph Roop of Gray, Kentucky was going after copper.

It is something that has become a lucrative metal to grab and sell in recent months.

Police say it happened just before five Tuesday afternoon when Roop cut into a high voltage line and then fell off a transformer.

They say his girlfriend managed to get him into her car and drive him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

One man says he was riding his ATV through the area at the time and nearly witnessed everything.

WYMT’s Jeff Allen did talk with several of Roop's family members who understandably are having a rough time dealing with this.

His grandmother says he was a good kid, but just had a really rough life.

There have been other attempts throughout eastern Kentucky to cut lines for copper.

Another one that claimed a life was when a man was killed last year while trying to cut lines in the Ward Chapel area of Bell County.


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