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County Commissioner Dies in Crash with Truck

On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. posted in Motor Vehicle Accident on Friday, March 18, 2011

A Claiborne County, Tennessee, county commissioner died on March 16 when he was involved in an accident with a semi truck near state Highway 33. County and local officials remembered the commissioner as a great man who served his community through hard work.

According to an article in the Knoxville News Sentinel, the accident happened about two miles south of New Tazewell. The county commissioner, 76, was driving west on Lone Mountain Road in his Ford Explorer. As he approached state Highway 33, also known as Maynardville Highway, he came upon a semi truck driving north through the intersection. According to a police report, the commissioner hit his brakes but his Explorer skidded in front of the semi and the vehicles collided.

The commissioner died in the accident. Authorities noted that he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, but said that a seat belt may not have made a difference given the force of the impact.

The victim was a veteran of the 101st Airborne Division of the Army. He was first elected as a Claiborne County Commissioner representing the 3rd District in 2006, and was reelected in 2010. He was deeply involved with Habitat for Humanity, having been a founding member of the local chapter, and helped build the county’s animal shelter.

Mayor Jack Daniels of New Tazewell said he would ask the victim’s widow to fill her husband’s post on the County Commission. If she declines, someone else would be appointed, Daniels said.

The semi truck driver, a 52-year-old man from Knoxville, was uninjured in the accident.

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, “Fatal car accident leaves spot on Claiborne County Commission,” Natalie Neysa Alund, March 18, 2011

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