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Man falls to death from water tower

A 28-year-old Alabama man fell to his death while painting a water tower in Hurtsboro, Ala., last night.

Christopher Hardin Dupree, of Bear Creek, Ala., was pronounced dead at the scene at 8 p.m. after falling from the 150-foot tower on Boromville Road off of Highway 51, said Russell County Coroner Arthur L. Sumbry.

Dupree was painting near the top of the structure when the accident occurred. He was wearing a harness, the coroner said. Though Sumbry didn't know the name of the company in which Dupree worked, he did say it was from out of town.

Dupree's body has been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for an autopsy. The Russell County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

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