High School Wrestling Coach Dies After Stepping On Live Wires Following Crash
By: Sheila McCrea - Saturday, January 28, 2023

Art made by Jeffery Allen in memory of Lane Burns.

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 coach for the Eastside High School Wrestling Team. Eastside principal Orie Foster issued the following statement after learning of Burns’ death:

From everyone in the Eastside and Dekalb County Eastern community, we would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of Lane Burns. Lane graduated from Eastside in 2021 and was an assistant coach for the wrestling team. He devoted his time helping the younger students. Lane’s presence on the team and in the school community will be greatly missed.

-Orie Foster, Eastside High School Principal

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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