published Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Man electrocuted while loading grain into silo in McMinn County

MCMINN COUNTY, TN - A man was electrocuted this morning while unloading grain into a silo.

Billy L. Dougherty, 63, of Kingsport, was unloading grain into a silo at a farm on McMinn County Road 609 when he was killed, according a news release from McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy.

"Based on the initial investigation, it appears Mr Dougherty was attempting to blow feed grain from his tanker truck into a feed silo when the truck's boom came in contact with some power lines," said Sheriff Guy. "The end of the truck tanker where Mr. Dougherty was working quickly burst into flames and persons on the scene were unable to remove the victim."

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