Florida baseball coach and wife electrocuted while putting up new scoreboard at field destroyed by Hurricane Michael
39-year-old Corey Crum and wife, 41-year-old Shana Crum, died after the mishap at the Liberty County High School's baseball field
A Florida baseball coach and his wife were tragically killed after they were electrocuted while they were trying to help repair the damage to a local high school's field caused by Hurricane Michael, which killed a total of 43 people across the state.
According to a press release by the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, 39-year-old Liberty County High School head baseball coach Corey Crum and his wife, 41-year-old Shana Crum, died after the mishap at the school's baseball field in Bristol on Monday.
The release said Crums, along with some members of the team, parents, and community volunteers were working on the field to install a new scoreboard to replace an old one which was damaged by the hurricane. The coach was operating a boom lift and unloading the scoreboard from a trailer when the lift accidentally made contact with overhead power lines, electrocuting the 39-year-old in process.
Seeing her husband in distress, Shana rushed to his aid but was also electrocuted. Their 14-year-old son, who was also on the field, tried to help his parents but was similarly electrocuted and injured. By the time medical assistance arrived at the scene in the form of Liberty County EMS, Corey and Shana were already dead. The teen was rushed to the hospital for further treatment and is expected to survive.
Taking to Facebook, Shana's aunt Kathy Millender wrote, "Keep my family in your prayers!!!! Lost my niece and her husband today. They were dedicated to helping the kids!! Don't seem real. Also keep their son (14 years old)who is being sent to Shands for treatment and was witness to this tragedy."
Executive Secretary to the superintendent Mary Eubanks told the Tallahassee Democrat that the deaths had impacted everyone in the community. "[It] affects pretty much everyone in the county in some way, because we all tend to be related by marriage or blood," he said.
Speaking about the incident, Senator Bill Montford, who went to the school gymnasium where members of the baseball team and others had gathered to mourn the deaths, similarly said, "This comes on the heels of Hurricane Michael. And this family had been so great in helping others who were negatively impacted by the storm. It’s a tragedy. In a community like this, everybody knows everybody. And they’re truly like one big family. They may not be blood related, but they are related by the heart."
Following the couple's death, the Liberty County School board made grief counselors available to students who would need them. Additional School Resource Deputies and Victim Advocates were also stationed at the high school by the Liberty County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's office is currently investigating the incident with the help of the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration.