A night at the track turns dangerous after an Arkansas man is electrocuted

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 Lakeside Speedway.

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 electrical source.

Jerry Russell was grilling at his speedway campsite when he heard sirens.

“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 electrocution.

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 neighborhood.

“Life is gone in a minute and we all know that," Russell said. "And we all live with that and keep it in our subconscious.”

NBC Action News repeatedly called Lakeside Speedway to find what caused the electrocution. Nobody from that office returned our calls on Sunday.

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