According to a press release from Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty, a Newton man was killed following a Thursday morning accident with the boom truck he was operating.
The report states a 911 call was received at approximately 11:50 a.m. from Car Country Auto Salvage indicating a male had been injured and was in need of assistance. The Jasper County Sheriff's Office and Newton Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene.
The man, later identified as Thaddeus W. Hummel, 42, of Newton, was transported to Skiff Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries. Halferty's report states the accident remains under investigation.
"Hummel was contracted to work on a hydraulic boom truck at Car Country," he said. "It appeared that the boom was up in the air and had come down while Hummel was working on it. Hummel was trapped between the hydraulic boom. Car Country employees were able to remove him from the boom and assist with medical treatment."