Four South Pittsburg high schoolers, graduates killed in Saturday crash

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A single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in South Pittsburg has claimed the lives of four young people and left another in critical condition.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol's preliminary accident report, Jamal Allen, 20, Jayven Martin, 22, Sayveon Martin, 20, and a 16-year-old who was not identified because they were a minor, all of South Pittsburg, were killed when the 2010 Toyota Camry in which they were traveling crossed the centerline, left the roadway and struck a tree on South Pittsburg Mountain Road near mile marker 11 at 1:40 a.m.

South Pittsburg High School officials later confirmed that the 16-year-old killed in the crash was Jailyn Pellam.

A 17-year-old passenger was airlifted to a local hospital and listed in critical condition.

The three older casualties were all South Pittsburg High School graduates and former athletes at the school, while both minors attended the high school and were also well-known athletes in the community.