Henry man dies in crane accident

Friday, January 1, 2010

A Henry man drowned on Oct. 5 when the crane he was operating slid off a barge into Smith Mountain Lake.

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Roger Dale "Peanut" Goad, 55, was dismantling a boat dock on River Creek Road at the lake when the 10-ton crane slid off the barge and into about 50 feet of water, 100 feet offshore. After interviewing two witnesses who were working with Goad, Lt. Karl Martin with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said, "It appears he was attempting to save the equipment when the crane went into the water." The accident was investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Fire boat personnel and other authorities examine a barge where Henry resident Roger Dale Peanut Goad, 55, drowned on Oct. 5 when the crane he was operating slid off a barge into Smith Mountain Lake.

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