Updated May 8, 2019
A Lake City man died after part of his truck made contact with electrical lines.
Joshua J. Leonard, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident east of Goodhue at approximately 8:45 a.m. Sunday, May 5, according to the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office.
Leonard was apparently operating the mechanical arm on a tractor/trailer when the arm came into contact with a power line, the sheriff’s department reported.
Leonard was an independent operator of his own truck working under contract with Ag Partners of Goodhue at the time of the accident, according to Rick Anderson of Ag Partners. Leonard was stopped on the road and was delivering agronomy products to a field site.
“Josh was not a direct employee of Ag Partners,” Anderson said, “but we have had a long relationship with him, and we have a lot of concern for his family.”
Ag Partners is cooperating with investigators, Anderson said.
The Goodhue County coroner will be confirming the cause of death, and OSHA will be following up, according to the sheriff’s report.
Sheriff’s deputies were initially dispatched on a report of a truck on fire and an unconscious male on 380th Street in Belvidere Township, the department reported. Also responding were the Goodhue First Responders and Goodhue Electric.