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Two dead in separate traffic accidents

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By Natasha LaFayette

natasha@lafollettepress.com

 

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) responded to two traffic accidents with fatalities in the past week.

On April 3, at approximately 4:09 p.m., Edgar E. Kidwell drove off Towe String Road at an excessive speed and died after being ejected from the vehicle, according to the THP fatality report.

Kidwell, 43, Jacksboro, was negotiating a left hand curve, but due to excessive speed left the road on the right side, the report indicates.

The vehicle, a 1987 Toyota pickup, continued into a shallow ditch line, said THP Trooper Rick Woodward.

“The driver then veered to the left,” said Woodward. “Causing the vehicle to travel across the northbound and southbound lanes, running off the left side of the roadway.”

Kidwell then overcorrected to the right, causing the vehicle to rotate clockwise and then roll several times, said Woodward.

As the Toyota rolled, Kidwell was ejected.

The use of alcohol may have played a part in the accident, according to the THP report.

The second accident claimed the life of Charles T. Taylor and injured the driver of another vehicle, according to the THP fatality report.

Taylor, 53, of Jacksboro, was traveling east on Highway 63 when the accident occurred. The report indicates Taylor’s 1985 Buick Lesabre traveled off the south side of the roadway.

When Taylor corrected the vehicle back onto the highway, he traveled into the westbound lane and struck an oncoming vehicle, said Trooper Kelly Smith.

According to the report, Jack E. Mullins, was driving a 2009 International Prostar tractor-trailer when him and Taylor collided.

Mullins, 31, of Harrogate, was injured in the accident. Taylor died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, said Smith.

No citations or criminal charges will be filed, said Smith.