Marion teen dies in local accident

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By Calen McKinney


Friends and family members will gather today to say goodbye to a Marion County teenager who died in Taylor County last week.

Jeffrey Tanner Strong, 16, of Lebanon, died last Thursday at about 5:45 p.m. after an accident at a local home.

Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney, who pronounced Strong dead at the scene, said Strong and a friend were at a home on Honeysuckle Lane dismantling a building, with the homeowners' permission.

Dabney said the two were going to use wood from the building to construct a deer stand. As the two were taking the building down, it fell.

"It just sorta got away from them," he said.

As Strong and his friend ran, Dabney said, the building fell and struck Strong on the back of his neck. The heavy wood pinned Strong, he said, and he believes he died instantly.

"He didn't know what hit him," Dabney said. "Such a terrible thing."

Taylor County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene. Detective Brian Pickard said he went to the scene and will likely open and then close an investigation into Strong's death, because it was obviously a tragic accident.

Mike Abell, principal at Marion County High School, said Strong was a junior at his school. He said he hadn't had much interaction with Strong, however, because "he was a good kid."

Abell said the student body at MCHS has been impacted greatly by Strong's death. He said there are counselors meeting with students to help them.

"It's a tragic situation," he said.

Abell said it's hard to see the death of a person who had so much life ahead.

" ... He was a very well liked kid," Abell said. "A very quality individual. Our prayers are with his family and friends."