Crash Kills One in Madison County

Natalie Potts

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn.- Madison County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a deadly early morning car crash on Christmasville Road after the vehicle hit a tree and caught fire.

Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork said the crash happened around 2 a.m. near the 2900 block of Christmasville Road, Saturday. Officials said through their investigation it was revealed that both speeding and alcohol were factors in the crash.

"It hurts to know that that was one of my friends to know that your never going to see them again," said Heather Rogers. " People think if you go fast drink and drive that's never going to be me but it only takes that one time to ruin your life forever or ruin your families life forever."

Neighbors told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that the roadway is filled with several blind spots. Many drivers said certain stretches can be dangerous no matter the situation.

"This is a blind curve, said witness Scott Reeves. "People just come around it like they are in a straightaway where they've got clear vision. This stretch is dangerous, I'm surprised there's not more wrecks."

The vehicle was carrying two occupants. Officials said the car ran off the road after speeding around a curve, catching fire after hitting a tree.

"I saw the fire and I just threw on my clothes and ran out here and at that point the car was on fire and there was a young lady standing next to the car, she was trapped in her seat belt, " said Reeves. "I tried to get the latch but it was on fire, I just remember thinking I got to get this girl away from the car and I got her out by pulling her up and out of her seat belt. Then I went back to get someone else but it was too late. "

Officials said the driver was burned beyond recognition and has not been identified. The body has been taken to the medical examiner's office where they hope to use dental records to make a positive ID. Deputies said the passenger was transported to the Jackson Madison County General Hospital for serious injuries.


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