Posted: Jul 31, 2013 11:00 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Jul 31, 2013 11:24 AM
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a north Alabama man died on the Tennessee River when the bass boat he was riding in struck a low-hanging wire near a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant, nearly decapitating him.
Officials say crews were performing work on the line near TVA's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant.
A TVA statement called Wednesday's accident "unusual and unfortunate" and said the federal utility was investigating what happened.
Killed was 65-year-old Anthony Szozda. Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn says Szozda was a passenger in a boat that was participating in a fishing tournament.
Police say the boat was traveling about 70 mph at the time of the accident, about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.
The driver of the boat wasn't injured.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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