Fatal Hwy 25 Crash Claims One Near Cottontown
REPORT UPDATED: Victim identified…
COTTONTOWN TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Hwy 25 above Cottontown was closed for several hours following a fatal fiery crash that officials say claimed the life of one person and a dog.
The crash occurred on Hwy 25 Tuesday evening around 11:20 pm just north of the Hwy25/W. Biggs Rd intersection which sits five miles north of Cottontown. LOCATION OF CRASH
Fire Chief Joe Williams with the White House Community Volunteer Fire Department told Smokey Barn News that the vehicle left the roadway, struck a tree, and ignited.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is leading the investigation. According to their preliminary report, Christopher Marchbanks, 49, of Cottontown TN, driving a 2009 Toyota Tacoma, was heading west on Hwy 25 when he failed to negotiate a curve. His vehicle then left the roadway and struck a tree. The vehicle then became fully engulfed. The report made no mention that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. Marchbanks was pronounced deceased at the scene.
UPDATE: In another unrelated traffic accident overnight, a second Cottontown man was struck by a passing vehicle in Nashville and died. According to Metro Nashville Police, for reasons unknown, Richard Farliss, 45, of Cottontown, Tennessee was lying in the roadway when he was struck by a passing vehicle. The driver told police that he attempted to stop but was unable to avoid hitting Farliss. Farliss was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he died. FULL STORY