published Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

One dead, one injured in Meigs County crash

One man is dead and another hospitalized in a single-vehicle accident overnight on Lamontville Road near Highway 58 in Meigs County.

Tennessee Highway Patrol officials said 24-year-old James M. Headrick of Decatur, Tenn., was killed when the 1999 Honda CRV he was driving west on Lamontville Road around 4:40 a.m. today ran off the right side of the road, struck a fire hydrant, ran up an embankment and through a barbed-wire fence before striking a tree and spinning to a stop.

Headrick was pronounced dead at the scene, and passenger William L. Millaway, 26, of Georgetown, Tenn., was hospitalized for injuries he received in the wreck, THP officials said.

THP officials said alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash and neither Headrick nor Millaway was wearing seat belts.

There was no word on Millaway's condition or the severity of his injuries, officials said.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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