A LaRue County Detention Center inmate was injured April 9 while working with a state road crew.
Daniel Hargett, 30, of Pendleton County, suffered minor cuts and a puncture wound to his chin when he was struck by a falling tree, according to LaRue County Jailer Johnny Cottrill.
Hargett was working with the crew, cutting down trees, on the Lincoln Parkway connector road near Hodgenville Elementary School, when a tree fell on top of another tree. The second tree “flew up” and hit him in the face.
Hargett was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by LaRue County EMS, where he received 12 stitches. He was treated and released and has since returned to work, Cottrill said.
After the ambulance left the scene, the workers packed up their tools and headed back to the LaRue County Detention Center.
The Kentucky Department of Corrections Office was notified of the incident.
There are currently 50 inmates working with state road crews within LaRue County, Cottrill said. Additionally, there are inmates working within three surrounding counties: Hardin, Green and Washington.
The road crew and inmate service program, formally called the Governmental Services Program, provides the opportunity for inmates to work hours to supplement or take away days spent in prison.