A lineman for Duck River Electric Membership Corporation was killed Tuesday after his bucket truck caught fire in Coffee County.
According to the corporation, 58-year-old Dean Batey was repairing a light, when a fire ignited on his truck’s boom.
The boom connects the truck to the bucket. Batey reportedly tried to lower the bucket but when he was unable to, he removed his safety harness and jumped 12 to 15 feet.
DREMC said Batey was conscious when transported to Unity Medical Center in Manchester but later died before he was to be airlifted to another hospital. Batey worked for DREMC for 19 years.
DREMC President and CEO Michael Watson released a statement saying in part, “Batey was an experienced lineman and valuable member of our team, and this is a great loss to our cooperative family and community. At this sad time, we appreciate your thoughts and prayers for Dean’s family as well as our cooperative family as we mourn the loss of one of our own.”
DREMC said they are investigating the accident in conjunction with the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration.