Name released of person killed after car got tangled in power lines
HENDERSON CO., Ky. (WFIE) - One person is dead and another person is in the hospital after a car got tangled in power lines, Henderson County Coroner Bruce Farmer said.
It happened early Thursday morning along Larue Road in between Henderson and Zion.
Officials said four people were in the car.
They say the driver was 23-year-old Aureah Grimes, and the passengers were 23-year-old Brice Easley, 22-year-old Jayla Barre, and 18-year-old Alysiana Langley.
They say Grimes hit a utility pole that was leaning over from a storm. Grimes and her three passengers all got out of the car.
In the process of walking back to the car, Farmer said Grimes got electrocuted by stepping on one of the lines. We are told she died on scene.
Tim Troutman with Henderson EMA says this can happen to anyone. He says if you see down lines, stay in the car and call 911.
“Get away from the power lines any way you can without getting out of the vehicle at that point,” said Troutman. “It’s going to be important not to try to drive over them or to walk across them.”
Troutman says it can happen really fast.
“It can be almost instantaneous,” he said. “As soon as you touch it the electrical activity in the power line is going to be very intense.”
Farmer says preliminary investigation concludes that electrocution was the cause of death.
Barre was hurt and taken to the hospital.
Officials say Easley received an electric shock, but wasn’t hurt.
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