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A Duck River Electric Membership Corporation lineman was killed in a work-related accident on Monday.

The Coffee County sheriff confirmed senior lineman Ray Dean Batey was working to repair a security light on Norton Branch Road when his bucket truck caught fire around 3:30 p.m.

According to DREMC, Batey died from his injuries after jumping from the bucket truck when it caught fire.

Batey had just started working on a security light when flames ignited at the end of the boom connected to the bucket truck.

Witnesses said Batey tried lowering the bucket but could not and was forced to jump 12 to 15 feet. He landed on his side.

DREMC officials said Batey was conscious and responsive when first responders took him to Unity Medical Center. His died before he was able to be airlifted.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

DREMC President and CEO Michael Watson said Batey was an experienced lineman and a valuable member of the team.

"Accidents such as this are a terrible experience, not only for Dean’s family and friends, but also for his fellow employees," Watson said. "Electric linemen have a unique bond. Their jobs are extremely dangerous, and they rely heavily on their own skills and training to keep them safe every day."

Batey, 58, started working as a lineman for DREMC in May 1999. Prior to this, he spent 21 years working as a foreman at Osborne Electric.

"At this sad time, we appreciate your thoughts and prayers for Dean’s family as well as our cooperative family as we mourn the loss of one of our own," Watson said.

Several industry partners are helping to investigate the fatal accident, including OSHA.

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