A night at the track turns dangerous after an Arkansas man is electrocuted
4:40 PM, Aug 22, 2010
1:02 PM, Aug 23, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Kansas - An electric shock killed a man in Kansas City, Kansas Saturday
night. It happened hours before a set of races started at the
Dennis "Mike" Bowles, 55, traveled from Knoxville, Arkansas with
family to watch his brother race in Kansas City, Kansas.
Fire officials say he was electrocuted Saturday evening and
pronounced dead on the scene. According to witnesses, Bowles
walked between two trailers when he came in contact with an unknown
Jerry Russell was grilling at his speedway campsite when he
“There was at least three or four fire department trucks
here, one ambulance.”
Crews arrived by 5:30 p.m. Russell says there was confusion
about what happened.
“There's just so many people that you just thought, you
know, somebody fell or somebody had heat stroke or something in the
stands cause it was warm.”
Deputy Chief Kevin Shirley of the KCK Fire Department said mixed
reports initially came in, some as a heart attack, others as an
Once crews arrived, they determined Bowles was electrocuted,
though there was no official word early Monday on what caused the
deadly electric shock.
His Arkansas neighbor, Calvin Edwards, told NBC Action News the
"accident" has been hard, especially for his only daughter.
“Of course really took it real hard," Edwards said. "Her
father just went up on Friday and got killed yesterday.”
Edwards says Bowles was a good man, known for sharing simple
pleasures, like one "heck of a chocolate cake," with the
“Life is gone in a minute and we all know that," Russell
said. "And we all live with that and keep it in our
NBC Action News repeatedly called Lakeside Speedway to find what
caused the electrocution. Nobody from that office returned our
calls on Sunday.