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One man killed, one man injured in Friday crash

A Knoxville man died and an Anderson County man was injured after a head-on collision on Andersonville Highway on Friday night.

The Tennessee Highway patrol reported that 56-year-old James D. Gunter had been driving east in a 2006 Corvette shortly after 9:30 pm Friday when he crossed the yellow line while trying to pass another vehicle and hit a westbound 2006 Toyota 4Runner driven by 65-year-old John B. Taylor of Andersonville head-on.

Two Lifestar medical helicopters were called to the scene, and both drivers were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, where Gunter later died.

Gunter is suspected of drinking and drug use, according to the report. Alcohol and drug tests have been requested, which is routine in fatal crashes.

Neither driver was wearing a seat belt, and they would have made a difference, according to Trooper Steven Ward’s fatality report.

The fatal crash was reported in the 4600 block of Andersonville Highway near a boat storage facility and the Union County line. One vehicle was on fire and the driver had been pulled from the car by other motorists, while the driver of the other vehicle was trapped and had to be extricated by fire and rescue personnel, said Chief Deputy Mark Lucas of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.

In addition to the THP, other agencies that responded included the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, Anderson County EMS, Anderson County Rescue Squad, and Andersonville Fire Department.

The roadway was closed for more than three hours while the crash was investigated.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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