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ACSO: Forklift accident claims life of Adair Co. woman

The Adair County Sheriffs Office extends its condolences to the family and friends of the Cowan Family as they deal with the loss of their loved one.

By Sheriff Josh Brockman
Adair County Sheriff's Office

Adair County 911 received a call at 10:14amCT of a female that had turned a forklift over on Scott Dial Road just outside the city limits on KY55 north. Upon arrival it was found that the operator was pinned under the commercial forklift.

Preliminary investigation by the Adair County Sheriff's Office shows that 56 year old Charlene Cowan, an owner of Local Pallet Wholesale, was loading a tractor trailer with pallets when she dropped off in a hole while backing up. The forklift started to turn over. She attempted to jump off but was unable to get herself free. She was struck by the forklift, ultimately pinning her underneath it.

First responders and bystanders from businesses nearby worked to get her free from the fork lift and EMS provided care. Attempts to secure an Air Medical flight from scene were unsuccessful due to weather, and Cowan was rushed to TJ Health Columbia Emergency Room. At 11:38 she was pronounced deceased and Adair County Coroner Todd Akin was called.

The Adair County Sheriffs Office, Adair County EMS, the Columbia Adair County Fire and Breeding Fire Departments were all responding agencies.

This story was posted on 2022-04-25 16:16:36
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