Hawkins Co. authorities: One man dead in excavator incident


UPDATE 8:00 PM: The man killed has been identified by his girlfriend as 43-year-old Chris Williamson.

Stacy Hall, Williamson’s longtime girlfriend, told News Channel 11 he is leaving behind a son, stepson, and grandchild.

A report from the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Williamson as the victim Wednesday morning.

The report says the excavator was buried up to the cab in dirt.

Williamson worked for Hawkins County-based Express Hauling, according to Hall.

“We had as perfect of a relationship as we could have, he was my best friend, he was the greatest family man, would do anything in the world for us,” Hall said.  

Their 18-year-old son is set to graduate from Dobyns-Bennett High School this Friday.

UPDATE 5:22 P.M. HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)– Officials with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office have confirmed one man is dead following an incident with an excavator.

According to authorities, the incident happened while a man, who has not yet been identified, was digging into a bank on his property.

Authorities said the bank gave in, and covered the man in dirt.

Crews first responded to the incident around 1:45 p.m.

As of 5:25 p.m., first responders were still on scene.

This is a developing story. Look for updates on WJHL.com.

HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- Officials with Hawkins County EMA said crews are on scene of a reported embankment collapse Tuesday afternoon.

According to Hawkins County EMA Director Jamie Miller, an embankment collapsed at 224 Highway 70 North in Rogersville.

The collapse partially buried an excavator, according to Miller.

No further details were immediately available.

This is a developing story. Look for updates on WJHL.com.

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