Employee electrocuted at Co-op

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 16, 2005

A Central Alabama Farmer’s Co-op employee was electrocuted Monday while working with

farming equipment, according to police reports.

Percy Wright Jr., 43, died shortly before 3 p.m. in an accident with a Terra-Gator truck, according to Selma Police spokesperson Lt. David Evans.

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“It appears he may have hit a power-line while driving the piece of equipment,” Evans said.

Few other details have been released about the incident. Attempts to reach management at the Farmer’s Co-op were unsuccessful.

“The death is still under investigation,” said Dallas County Corner Allen Dailey. “Right now the death is being ruled an accidental injury.”

Dailey said the victim’s body has been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences to determine an exact cause of death.

The incident is being investigated by OSHA, according to Alabama Power officials.

Jan Ellis, spokesperson for Alabama Power, said workers from Alabama Power were at the Co-op today, helping OSHA.

“OSHA’s been out there all day investigating,” Ellis said, “and our people have been assisting all day today.”

Ellis also said Wright was working on the machine when the incident occurred.

“Somehow it got into our power lines,” she said.

Alabama Power will continue to help OSHA investigate, Ellis said.

She expressed sympathy for Wright’s family.

“It’s a very sad situation,” she said.

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