Man decapitated while working on cell tower

(WKYT Photo)

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (AP/WISH) — Central Kentucky investigators say an Indiana man was decapitated as he worked 240 feet above ground on a cell phone tower.

The Harrison County coroner identified the man as 28-year-old Joel Metz, who’s from the Indianapolis area.

Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton says Metz was one of two workers on the tower when a heavy antenna fell and a cable struck him around 2:20 p.m. EDT Wednesday. Hampton said Metz was still hanging in his safety harness five hours later, and a crew called in from northern Kentucky brought his body down.

Hampton said two other men were on the ground when it happened. No one else was injured.

They were working at a Verizon tower but are employed by another company. Hampton was not releasing the company name or any other information about the workers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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