COLUMBIA, Tenn. - A Maury County Highway Department employee was killed Wednesday after a mechanical failure caused him to fall from a bucket truck.
Officials said the accident happened around 9 a.m. A highway department crew was using a bucket truck to trim trees on Ashwood Road in Maury County.
The Chief of the Maury Hazardous Operations Team told us there was an apparent mechanical failure, that resulted in the death of 67-year-old Jerry Nance.
"Maury County is deeply saddened by this loss," said Mark Blackwood, the Emergency Management Director. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Nance family tonight."
News Channel 5 spoke to Nance's wife and daughter at their home in Mt. Pleasant.
"He was a wonderful guy, everyone loved him," said Ruby Nance, his wife. "He always loved to joke and laugh and had a carefree attitude about himself and he loved life. I'm just going to miss everything about him."
His daughter said the entire family is still in shock.
"Just finding out my father died so unexpectedly, and died in such a horrible way," said Michelle Nance. "I'm going to miss his sense of humor, his advice, his wisdom, his kindness, and his spirit."
Visitation for Nance will be held on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Columbia. The funeral service is set for Friday, also at the funeral home, at 7 p.m.
Nance's family said he loved his job. In fact, he'd been out of work for several weeks, after having knee replacement surgery, and was eager to return to the job. His wife said Monday was his first day back.
The Maury County Sheriff's Office, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, are currently investigating the cause of the accident.