The driver of a plow truck who was busy clearing roads inundated with snow in Kentucky this weekend was found slumped behind the wheel Saturday morning.
Christopher Adams, a 16-year Kentucky Transportation Cabinet employee, was found dead before 6 a.m. Saturday just as the massive blizzard that has paralyzed much of the East had largely passed through the Bluegrass State.
According to an official Facebook post, Adams called a supervisor indicating his snow plow had slid off into a ditch along KY 115 in Christian County.
When the supervisor arrived, the 44-year-old was slumped over in his truck seat and unresponsive.
An ambulance was called to the scene. Paramedics then summoned the coroner, according to the statement.
Perplexingly, Adams had spoken to co-workers during a break earlier in the night and showed no signs of distress.
He was around six hours into his shift when his body was discovered.
Chief Engineer Kevin McClearn said the agency had lost a family member.
"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, but our Christian County Crew is continuing work today to carry on efforts to make travel safer for the rest of us," McClearn said.
A cause of death has not been released, but Adams was among 12 Americans killed in what are being labeled "blizzard related," incidents, according to the Associated Press.
One other death was reported in Kentucky after a driver in the southeastern part of the state collided with a salt truck on Thursday. That man, 59-year-old Billy Stevens, died at the scene.