Coroner Barry Henderson confirmed a Chattooga County man died Wednesday morning on Freeman Ferry Road near Canard Road because of a work-related accident.

The deceased was identified as William Britt Hunt, 39, of Summerville.

Floyd County Police Cpl. M.C. Chewning said the man was an AT&T worker. She and Officer Tim Bridges drove up on the scene just before 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Chewning said it appeared the individual had become entangled in some wires while his truck’s spindle was rolling up the wire. She said the spindle was still running when they arrived and Bridges turned off the truck while they called for rescue personnel.

Henderson was called to the scene and pronounced Hunt dead at 11:13 a.m. He would not elaborate about the exact cause of death.

“He became tangled in the wire that was being rolled up in the back of the truck,” said Henderson.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been called to the scene and Freeman Ferry Road was closed most of the morning. The body will be sent today to the GBI’s crime lab for further examination.

AT&T’s director of corporate communications, Dawn Benton, confirmed Wednesday afternoon that an employee had died while working in Rome, but she could not say anything else about the individual and referred questions to local authorities.

“We do want to convey our deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased,” said Benton.

Henderson said funeral plans have not yet been arranged.

Rome News Tribune