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Report: Worker hanging cable died after falling 18 feet to the ground

11:32 AM, Jul 25, 2012   |    comments
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A crash report is revealing more information about an accident that led to the death of a man who was hanging cable.

The accident that killed Bruce Lee Marion, 29, of Oneida, happened on Monday evening.  Marion was hanging cable on Central Avenue at Beaver Creek Lane in Knox County.  Marion worked for J&R Cable, based in Huntsville.

According to the accident report from the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Marion was suspended about 18 feet in the air in the bucket of the truck, working with a a steel cable that was attached to utility poles on both sides of Central Avenue Pike.  The cable was stretched across the roadway.

The report says a pickup truck drove over the cable, and the cable hooked on the rear bumper, causing the cable to stretch tight before breaking free.  Marion was hit by the cable and thrown from the bucket of the truck, then fell to the ground.

We still do not know Marion's cause of death.

Investigators say no charges will be filed against the driver.

Neighbors who live near the accident scene say there were no signs or flaggers warning drivers that the workers were present.

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