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A single-car crash on state Highway 108 in Marion County early Sunday claimed the lives of two Grundy County residents

Glenda S. White, 33, of Palmer, was driving with 28-year-old passenger Jeremy L. Braden, of Gruetli-Laager, Tenn., around 2:50 a.m. Sunday when the 2005 Pontiac Grand Am they were in went off the left side of the road, through a fence and struck a tree before continuing to roll into a field where it burst into flames, according to THP spokeswoman Dalya J. Qualls.

White and Braden both were ejected and the vehicle was fully engulfed when emergency officials got to the wreck, Qualls states.

White and Braden were declared dead at the scene.

Trooper Scott Lewis states in his report that drinking was suspected and that he was unable to determine whether White and Braden were wearing seat belts because of the fire damage to the car.

The trooper said seat belts would not have made a difference.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.comor twitter.com/BenBenton or www.facebook.com/ben.benton1or 423-757-6569.

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