BRISTOL —In a tragic accident that has shaken the community, a couple was killed and their son injured Sunday after they were electrocuted during a volunteer workday to clean up the Liberty County High School Baseball Field.
Head Baseball Coach Corey Crum, 39, and his wife Shana Crum, 41, were killed and their son Chase Crum, 14, was injured in the accident.
According to Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy John Summers, the team, along with other students and parents, were having a workday at the field to repair damage from Hurricane Michael. Corey Crum was operating a boom lift and unloading items from a trailer when the lift touched the overhead power lines, electrocuting Corey Crum.
His wife Shana Crum then ran to his aid and in her attempts to help him, she was electrocuted as well. Their son then attempted to help them both and was injured but is expected to recover.
The accident happened around 12:45 p.m. and in full view of the students, team members and parents at the field. When EMS arrived, both adults were pronounced dead on scene and their son transported. No other injuries were reported.
After the accident, students who were at the field were bussed to the Liberty County High School gym to wait for their parents Summers said many of the students and the community were in shock at what they’d witnessed. Grief counselors were available and will continue to be available at schools as needed, according to Summers.
“It’s terrible,” Summers said. “It’s just terrible.”
Liberty County School Board member Kyle Peddle posted on his Facebook page Sunday night about the community’s loss.
“Coaches have special places in the hearts of each one they coach,” he wrote. “Coach Crum invested in our boys daily. They are better men because of it. We will recover...we trust the Lord, and we are Bulldogs!”
Numerous school districts and baseball programs have expressed sympathy and support for Liberty County following this tragedy.
“We join educators everywhere in expressing our deep sorrow for the loss of their coach and his wife,” Bay District Schools posted on their Facebook page. “We hope for a speedy recovery for their son and for peace for all of the friends and family members who have suffered such a great loss. #WeAreAllLiberty.”
This was Corey Crum’s first year as the head baseball coach after coaching junior varsity. According to the Democrat, Shana Crum was a health aid with the school district.