Ala. man dies after boat hits low-hanging wire

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Posted: Jul 31, 2013 1:38 PM
Ala. man dies after boat hits low-hanging wire

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.