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Longtime City of Lucas Employee Dies of Electrocution

ElectrocutionLucas Mayor Jennifer Bates has confirmed a 65-year-old City of Lucas employee has died as a result of electrocution Wednesday morning.

The man was severely shocked Wednesday morning at 11:30 while working on power lines in the 500 Block of South Wolf Street in Lucas. He was transported by Russell County EMS ambulance to Russell Regional Hospital where he died.

Mayor Bates told KRSL News it was a tragic accident that has shaken her small community. "He was a friend, a neighbor and much more than just a city employee; he was a valuable part of this community," Bates said. "We are devastated."

According to Bates, the man had been with the city for many years.

An investigation into the cause of the electrocution is ongoing with the Kansas Department of Labor.

The man's name is not being released.

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