Man Killed In Construction Accident

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

A small log cabin collapses on the Perry-Leslie County line and kills one man.

Kentucky state police say three people were working on the old building when it started to give way. Two people escaped, but 33 year old Joseph Matthew Colwell was not able to make it out.

Owner Ted Baker is one of the people who made it out alive, but Baker says he wishes he could have traded places with the man that died.

"It almost killed all three of us," Baker said.

It started as a project to help a couple guys make some extra money for their families, two ambitious cousins helping out a disabled aeronautical engineer. Ted Baker built two log cabins and a barn on his property years ago. He says Matthew and Kelly Colwell were helping him jack up the oldest building to repair wooden struts that were being destroyed by termites.

"Matthew was eager, ambitious, we instantly became friends," Baker said.

The repairs were almost finished, all the struts had been replaced, when Baker says Matthew Colwell wanted to go the extra mile to make sure the building was secure, it was a deadly decision.

"He let the building down and I looked up and I saw it moving off of its foundation and I yelled, run," Baker said.

"Colwell was struck by one of the beams and pronounced dead on the scene," said Tony Watts with the Kentucky State Police.

Baker and Kelly Colwell were hit by debris, but not hurt and even though they only met two days before, Baker says he would gladly trade places with Matthew.

"I wish it was me and not him because he had so much life ahead of him," Baker said.

Police say no foul play is suspected.

Visitation for Matthew Colwell will be Wednesday afternoon at three o'clock. His funeral will be Thursday at one o'clock. All services will be held at the Grassy Branch Church of Christ in Busy.


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