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High School Baseball Coach, Wife Electrocuted

Florida couple died in freak accident on field
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2019 1:30 AM CDT
Son Chase Crum was hospitalized with burns, authorities say.   (Getty Images/Joaquin Barbara)

(Newser) – A Florida high school baseball coach and his wife were killed in a freak accident Sunday while trying to get a hurricane-damaged field ready for baseball season. Authorities say Liberty County High School coach Corey Crum and wife Shana Crum, a school district health aide, were electrocuted while replacing a scoreboard at the district's baseball field, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Witnesses say that when Corey Crum was electrocuted, Shana Crum came to his aid immediately and was also electrocuted. Their son, Chase Crum, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

"Our scoreboard fell over basically and was destroyed by Hurricane Michael," says school board member Kyle Peddie. "So we had ordered a new scoreboard, it had come in and so him, along with a few of the baseball players and some parents were out working on that and he was on some kind of lift and he got into an electrical line." Peddie says Crum had been doing a "phenomenal job" in his first year as head varsity baseball coach. "It’s a terrible tragedy," says Chief Deputy John Summers. He says around 30 people, including students and parents, were on the field when the accident happened, the Miami Herald reports. (Read more Florida stories.)

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