Man Dies After Stepping On Live Wires Following Crash
By: Sheila McCrea - Friday, January 27, 2023

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department Photo

BUTLER, IN – Authorities are investigating a man’s death following a crash Thursday evening.

According to DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, a truck was traveling north in the 2200 block of County Road 61 when the driver, identified as 20-year-old Lane Burns of Butler, lost control and hit a utility pole. The impact caused the pole to snap in half and live wires fell across the road.

Reports indicate Burns got out of the truck to walk back toward the road when he stepped on the live wires.

Investigators say he was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders.

Burns was an assistant wrestling coach at Eastside High School.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the Butler Police and Fire Departments, the DeKalb County Coroner’s Office, and Parkview EMS.


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