Officials: Bell County man dies in Claiborne County crash

Published: Jul. 13, 2019 at 11:43 AM EDT
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Our media partner WRIL reports of a deadly crash in Claiborne County, Tennessee.

Officials say it happened early Saturday morning at the intersection of Forge Ridge Road and Patterson Road.

Claiborne County emergency service personnel and Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says there was a truck with 4 people inside.

They say the driver of the truck was Charles M. Gibbons of Miracle, Kentucky.

Officials say Gibbons was driving eastbound on Forge Ridge Road and went off the left side into an embankment. They say the truck rolled multiple times.

Officials report the four people in the truck had to be extricated.

The passengers, including two juveniles, were flown to UT Medical Center. Officials say Gibbons died at the scene.

Officials say 18-year-old Christian Helton, along with two other jouveniles, were the others in the truck. The three are from Middlesboro.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says alcohol was a factor that led to the crash and no one in the truck was wearing their seatbelts.

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