Two now dead after Ocoee Gorge head-on collision

The winding U.S. Highway 64 in the Ocoee Gorge of Polk County, Tenn.
photo The winding U.S. Highway 64 in the Ocoee Gorge of Polk County, Tenn.

A second person is now dead after a wreck involving a tractor-trailer and a car in the Ocoee Gorge Monday.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol confirms that 20-year-old Brent Ledford died today at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

According to a crash report, Ledford, of Murphy, N.C., was swerving down U.S. Highway 64 in a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier around 10:50 a.m. when he crossed the center line and hit a tractor trailer head on. Ledford was driving east. Behroz Saneie, the driver of the tractor trailer, was heading west.

Witnesses told the THP that Saneie tried to avoid the car, but he didn't have time to maneuver his hulking vehicle.

Blake Millsaps, 23, of Marble, N.C., who had been riding with Ledford, was also taken Erlanger. Doctors declared him dead on arrival.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol report, Ledford had been drinking.