KYTC NEWS RELEASE
A funeral has been scheduled for Noon, Friday, for 44 year old Kentucky Transportation Cabinet employee Chris Adams who died while plowing snow in Christian County on Saturday.
The family has extended an invitation to his coworkers and fellow employees to attend his funeral on Friday. They have encouraged KYTC personnel to wear their Hi-Viz road gear and uniforms.
Members of the Christian County Highway Mainteance Crew will serve as pallbearers and provide an escort from the funeral home to the church around 11 a.m., CST, on Friday. A KYTC truck will lead the funeral procession from the church to the cemetery after the funeral service.
ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE:
44 year old Christopher Adams died while plowing snow along KY 115 in Christian County on Saturday morning.
About 5:50 a.m., Adams called a supervisor indicating his snow plow had slid off in a ditch. When the supervisor arrived on KY 115 Adams was slumped over in his truck seat and unresponsive. An ambulance was called to the scene. Paramedics then summoned the coroner.
The 16 year transportation cabinet employee had been on the clock since about midnight. During a break overnight he interacted with other employees and appeared to be in good spirits. When he called in to report the slide off, he made no indication of being in any kind of distress.
When KYTC personnel arrived at the site the driver side window on the truck was partially down and the truck was not running. When parked, trucks are programmed to automatically shut off the engine after about 6 to 8 minutes at idle without any driver activity.
KYTC District 2 Chief Engineer Kevin McClearn offered sympathy to the family and his coworkers. “Our crews are very tight knit. Working long hours in all kinds of weather you get to know the character of people around you. Losing a friend and coworker is always tough.”
McClearn noted that after learning of the loss of their coworker on Saturday, members of the Christian County Highway Maintenance Crew continued working through the weekend to make travel safer for the driving public.
(Source: Hughart, Beard & Giles Funeral Home)