Russell County man passes away in work accident

A Russell County man has passed away following a workplace accident in Adair County on Highway 768.

According to the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Joseph Hayden Robertson, age 22 of Jamestown, was pronounced deceased on scene after he was struck and pinned by a utility pole.

According to reports, law enforcement and EMS responded to the scene off Highway 768 at around 12:30 p.m. Monday where preliminary investigations revealed that Robertson, along with another crew member of A&C Communications in Cumberland County, were attempting to unload a 30-foot utility pole from a truck.

When attempting to unload the pole, the workers lost control of it and the pole, which weighed roughly 1,000 pounds, struck Robertson in the head and chest, pinning him to the roadway.

The investigation is ongoing by Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockton, who was assisted on scene by Adair County EMS, Columbia-Adair County Fire Department, and the Adair County Coroner’s Office.

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