By Carla Field. From WYFF. Originally posted: April 6, 2016. Original Article.
A man was killed Wednesday afternoon when the spray boom of his tractor came in contact with a high voltage electrical line, according to the Cherokee County coroner.
Coroner Dennis Fowler said James Ronald Price, 66, of Mooresboro, was electrocuted.
The accident was reported at about 1:45 p.m. on Cliffside Highway, according to the Chesnee Community Fire Department.
“Mr. Price was driving a tractor spraying his wheat field in the 900 block of Cliffside Highway about 1 p.m. when he raised the 45 left spray boom,” Fowler said. “The steel boom made contact with a 7200 volt electrical line which energized the tractor with electricity. He attempted to get off while holding onto the rails of the tractor’s ladder. When his feet made contact with the ground he was electrocuted.
“The downed power line sparked a fire in the field which prompted a passerby to call 911. Fire and EMS crews arrived on the scene moments later and pulled the victim from underneath tractor before being reached by the blaze.”
Initial reports were that Price had been injured, but Fowler later said he pronounced Price dead at the scene. An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday to assist with the coroner’s investigation.
“He probably sprayed this field many, many times but today, he didn’t remember that line was overhead when the boom went up,” Fowler said. “My heart goes out to the Price family.”