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Ice Storm Death Toll Rises

We reported today that the debris pickup in Louisville is a bigger job than previously thought.

The ice storm hit parts of the state even harder, and western Kentucky, the cleanup has been a bit more dangerous.

From the AP:

A WORKER REMOVING DEBRIS FROM AN ICE STORM WAS KILLED WHEN THE LIFT HE WAS STANDING IN CAME INTO CONTACT WITH A POWER LINE.

THE MESSENGER OF MADISONVILLE REPORTS 38-YEAR-OLD RAYMOND MORRIS WAS APPARENTLY ELECTROCUTED IN THE WEEKEND ACCIDENT.

PROVIDENCE ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF BRENT MCDOWELL SAYS MORRIS WAS ALOFT IN A SCISSORS TRUCK WHEN THE INCIDENT OCCURRED ABOUT 4:50 P.M. FRIDAY.

MORRIS WAS TRANSPORTED TO REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD. HOPKINS COUNTY CORONER DENNIS MAYFIELD SAID IT APPEARED 38-YEAR-OLD RAYMOND MORRIS HAD BEEN ELECTROCUTED. MORRIS, OF PROVIDENCE, WORKED FOR WARE TRUCKING.

THE DEATH WAS THE 37TH THAT KENTUCKY OFFICIALS SAY CAN BE

CONNECTED TO THE JANUARY ICE STORM.

Gabe Bullard is the director of news and editorial strategy.