Oneida man killed in Knox County while hanging cable

Oneida man killed in Knox County while hanging cable

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Bruce Lee Marion died shortly before 8 p.m. while working from a bucket truck. Bruce Lee Marion died shortly before 8 p.m. while working from a bucket truck.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

POWELL (WATE) - A man in a bucket truck was killed Monday night while hanging cable.

Knox County sheriff's deputies say Bruce Lee Marion, 29, of Oneida, died shortly before 8 p.m. while working from a bucket truck on Central Avenue Pike at Beaver Creek Lane. He worked for J&R Cable. The company is out of Huntsville Tennessee.

Marion was lifting cable off the ground when a Chevrolet pickup truck drove by. The truck caught the cable, causing it to strike and kill Marion.

Amanda Howard lives just a few homes away from where the incident occurred. Monday night she heard what she thought was a car crash and ran outside.

"When I found out what it was, my heart literally dropped. When I found out it was not an accident, not a car accident, that somebody had lost his life," Howard said.

The owner of J&R Cable Company, Larry Sexton, says he knew Marion since Marion was 16.

"He was a family man. He had two kids and loved both of them. I consider him to be like a son to me," Sexton said.

Sexton says they were working for Windstream Communications and were putting in telephone cable.

Some residents say work was being done in the area since Saturday, but there was no warning to drivers. "They didn't have a flagger, no signs up, no signs up men working to emphasize that they were out there," Howard said.

Sexton disagrees and says they did have signs up. He also says they had two other crew members on site, but the cable should have been on the ground and flag men would not have been needed yet.

"From the information I have received, I don't think anything was done wrong," Sexton said.

The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Agency is now investigating, which could take anywhere from six weeks to six months.

No matter what the outcome, Howard says the scene of the incident will always be with her. "My thoughts and prayers are with his family today especially," she said.

Sexton says his company has been around since 2005 and has never had to be inspected by OSHA.

J&R Cable Company is a small contractor. Sexton says he runs the business out of his home.

6 News contacted Windstream Communications which released a statement saying the company expresses its heartfelt condolences to Marion's family.

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