Worker killed after cable breaks on Harrison County cell tower

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CYNTHIANA, Ky. (WKYT) - A man working on a Harrison County cell phone tower was killed Wednesday afternoon after a cable broke, decapitating him and leaving his body suspended from the tower on Waits Road.

Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton tells WKYT that the man was part of a four-person crew from out of state working on the Verizon tower off Kentucky 36 in Harrison County. The sheriff says all of the workers are in their 20s and working for an independent company contracted out by Verizon.

Two of the men were working atop the tower and the other two on the ground when the accident happened.

"Not too many people are used to seeing that. And it's a guy that you've been working next to," said Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton. "And it could have been him. Nobody else was injured. And they are just very much beside themselves."

Sheriff Hampton says the men were taking down an old boom and bringing up a new one when a cable broke, decapitating one worker and ripping off his right arm.

"It got within two feet of where it was going and something broke and then the 1,800lb. boom fell," said Sheriff Hampton.

The worker's body was left suspended 240 feet in the air, and crews were left trying to determine how to get the man down. Crews with Northern Kentucky Technical Rescue finally removed the body around 10 p.m.

The victim has not yet been identified. His body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.

Verizon Wireless sent a statement to WKYT about the incident, saying, "Our thoughts are with the family and colleagues of those impacted by today's incident near Cynthiana, Kentucky. We are working closely with our vendor and first responders on the scene as we continue to gather additional information."