NEW INFO: Electric Worker Killed When 18-Wheeler Hits Boom

The Highway Patrol says no charges will be filed at this time in a Sunday night accident that claimed the life of an electrical worker.

Donald Deaver of Seven Springs died when he fell out of his bucket truck after it was hit by an 18-wheeler. Deaver worked for Tri County Electric for the past six years, according to general manager Mike Davis. He was working on a power outage at the time of the mishap.

The accident happened on Highway 111, south of Seven Springs. State troopers say the tractor trailer actually struck the utility truck's boom, knocking the man 26 feet to the grass shoulder.

They say Deaver's truck was partially in the travel lane, 1'9" of the support bracket was on the road. While the utility truck's amber strobe lights were working, the boom was not illuminated. Troopers say the boom was four feet in the northbound lane when the accident happened.

The state Department of Labor will be investigating whether proper safety procedures were followed. One of those is whether Deaver was wearing a safety harness in the bucket, something the Highway Patrol says they found no evidence of at the accident scene.

Deaver's funeral will be 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Seymour Funeral Home in Goldsboro. The 45-year-old man is survived by his wife and two children.


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A utility worker restoring a power outage was killed Sunday night after after his bucket truck was hit by an 18-wheeler.

Donald Deaver of Seven Springs died after the crash shook him out of the bucket. Deaver worked for Tri County Electric for the past six years, according to general manager Mike Davis.

The state Department of Labor says it is investigating the death. A spokeswoman says one of the things they'll be investigating is whether Deaver was properly harnessed to the bucket, which is required by OSHA regulations.

The crash happened on Highway 111, south of Seven Springs. The Highway Patrol says the accident remains under investigation.

Deaver's funeral will be 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Seymour Funeral Home in Goldsboro. The 45-year-old man is survived by his wife and two children.


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  • by Brenda Location: Dudley N.C. on Nov 30, 2011 at 01:17 PM
    Mrs Darlene I am Donnie mother,you say that you know this man.I know that he hurts to and iknow that he is not going to get over this in along time and he is going to need to be love and to get help to, but i wanted to letted him know that i new my son and he would not wanted him to feel bad .I raise 4 great sons and we would letted him know that we care about him to we know he got feeling to. love Donnie,Mother Brenda
  • by Darlene Location: jacksonville on Nov 26, 2011 at 04:58 AM
    I know this truck driver is devastated over this tragic event, I also know that he is having to deal with this accident his self, and give him time as I am sure you will know that he is a decent human being with a wife and children as well, I know it is out of consideration for the family that he hasn't come to say he is sorry at this time, I think he probably feels like he is the last person any of Donnie's family would want to see right now, I don't know the story in detail of exactly what happened, but I do know that this man would never be so careless as to plow into a bucket truck, I did read the report it said the bucket was not illuminated with any lights, and that he was only going about 15 miles per hour, and as for Jessica I am sorry you have lost your father, and to Mrs. Brenda I am sorry you have lost your son. I know it is tragic to lose anyone close to you anytime, but even more around the holidays. I pray that God will give you strenght and wisdom to get thru this very difficult time, however I also wish you would give this man a chance to come to you, instead of assuming he isn't, like I said he is a decent man and he will do the right thing, you can be assured of that! And like i said I do know that it has been very devastating for this man as well, and if he could trade places with your son or daddy, he would do that!
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      by Jessica Deaver on Nov 26, 2011 at 06:08 AM in reply to Darlene
      He doesnt know any of us we would had open arms and hugged himm and tell him we are sorry also.. but he hasnt but we will be here with open arms whenever he is ready we arent bad people we just want to talk to the man that saw my dad and or son last thats all nothing more...
  • by Brenda Russell on Nov 25, 2011 at 03:36 PM
    I was Donnie Mother and i love him with all my heart and i don't understand what happen to my son and i don't know why the guy or company didn't come and said that they were sorry, that would mean the world to me because i would know that they care about the family.thank to everyone that called and came to see ous thanks alot Donnie Mother Brenda
  • by Jessica Deaver Location: Grantham NC on Nov 25, 2011 at 03:26 PM
    The death of my daddy is very tragic i just wish the trucker would had followed the law and stopped i keep tryin to figure this out but the only thing ik is my daddy is dead and gone and now im left without a father but also my best friend i loved him more than anything in this world and know hes gone because the truck driver did not follow state law of when seeing a utilty vechicle with lights flashing on both the pick up and bucket truck... I just want and explation i believe i deserve at least an explaintiion and a sorry.. thats all Thank U Jessica The Daugther Of The Lineman
  • by wkr Location: Dudley on Nov 24, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    Donnie was a great co-worker and friend, always had a smile and joyful heart. He never met a stranger and would give anyone in need the shirt off his back. He loved his family, his friends and his job. I visited his family yesterday and found comfort in his mother's words "I am not worried about Donnie. He was a good man, he lived right and believed in God. I know he is in a much better place". His kids have grown into young adults that he was very proud of. His wife is still in shock of it all and trying to figure out what she must do now. My prayers continue to be for them all. We will miss him. He was, indeed, a good man and I'm proud to have called him my friend.
  • by Brandy Location: Goldsboro on Nov 23, 2011 at 12:21 PM
    Donnie was a great guy.. He will be dearly missed.. My thoughts and prayers are with the family..
  • by unknownforgotten on Nov 23, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    tragic accident feel sorry for the family but god bless the truck driver !! im sure this is weighing heavy on him my thoughts and prayers are with him... and to the family of donald deaver
  • by Jerry on Nov 23, 2011 at 05:34 AM
    This is so sad my prayers to his family.
  • by incognito Location: greenville on Nov 23, 2011 at 04:56 AM
    To Greg I stand corrected.
  • by darlene Location: Jacksonville, N.C. on Nov 23, 2011 at 04:09 AM
    I am so very to hear of the loss of life in this accident, my prayers go out to this young man's family. But for those of you whom want to assume that the trucker was in a hurry or didn't try to avoid this, Please think first, I know this man is devasted by this tragic event also. Let's all pray for all involved, because if you weren't there and don't know the details, And speed wasn't a factor either. So I pray for both families.
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      by Jessica Deaver on Nov 25, 2011 at 03:18 PM in reply to darlene
      well if u know this man than why hasnt he came to the family and showed alil consideration and said he was sorry and his mother and kids dont understand y
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