KIRKLAND – Police said a Kings man was electrocuted Tuesday while trying to lift power lines so that a truck carrying a grain bin could pass under them.
Police were called at 2:17 p.m. to Old State Road just west of Malta Road for a report of a man down in the road, according to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Luke T. Carmichael, 36, of the 12700 block of state Route 64, was killed in the accident, which occurred in the rural area south of Kirkland.
Carmichael was operating a boom lift that was on the back of a semitrailer, trying to lift overhead power lines to clear the way for a second semitrailer, which was pulling a large grain bin, according to the news release.
The metal boom lift that Carmichael was touching became electrified when it came in contact with the power lines, the release stated. Before firefighter/paramedics could reach Carmichael, ComEd workers were called to the scene to deactivate the power lines. Carmichael was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.
Police and the DeKalb County Coroner’s Office are investigating the incident, the release stated.