Coffee County Lineman Dies During Project

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

The Coffee County Sheriff's Department says a utility lineman is dead following an accident on the job.  Authorities say Ray Batey was killed Monday while working to repair a line for Duck River Electric.  Officials say his bucket caught fire and they believe Batey may have jumped to escape. 
A team of electric industry partners are assisting DREMC staff with investigating the fatal accident, including Tennessee’s Job Training & Safety, the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and representatives from the service truck manufacturer.
Batey, 58 of Manchester, began working as a lineman for DREMC in May 1999.
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