Sheriff: Man Decapitated After Tower Accident

Contributor: Christine Winter
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Updated: 7/03 12:19 am
The Harrison County Sheriff said a man was decapitated while working on a cell phone tower.

Sheriff Bruce Hampton said it happened Wednesday afternoon while workers were replacing a boom on a tower on Waits Road.

According to the Sheriff, when the boom was within two feet of being secured to the tower, the rigging failed.

Hampton said the boom then came crashing down.

He said it struck one of the workers, cutting off the man's right arm and decapitating him.

The Sheriff said the victim's body was still hanging 240 feet in the air, by a safety harness, Wednesday night.

First responders were trying to figure out how to get to the victim.

The Sheriff said Harrison County Firefighters had the capabilities to go up to 150 feet.

Investigators did not release the victim's name.

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