According to The Herald, the accident occurred on the school campus around 5:50 pm. A deputy arrived to the scene to find a man lodged in the air between the railing of a boom and railing that was attached to the high school.
After the boom was lawyer, the man collapsed backward into the boon, unconscious in not breathing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The deceased has since been identified as 30-year-old Zachary Crotts of Morganton, North Carolina. Autopsy and toxicology results are pending.
The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):