Regulators: Firefighters' ice bucket electrocution was accident

There is an ongoing investigation of the fire department by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration


FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky utilities regulators won't pursue any penalties stemming from an ice bucket challenge that resulted in one firefighter being killed and two others injured.

The Associated Press reported that the Kentucky Public Service Commission said the 69-kiloVolt transmission line involved in the Aug. 21 accident was operated in accordance with all safety standards.

There is an ongoing investigation of the fire department by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to the report.

The accident happened when the Campbellsville Fire and Rescue Department raised a platform on a truck after dumping water on a college marching band in a charity stunt to raise awareness and funds to fight the disease ALS.

Two firefighters, 41-year-old Tony Grider and 22-year-old firefighter Simon Quinn were on the fire truck's ladder when it got too close to a power line. Grider died in September. Quinn left the hospital Sept. 15.

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