The driver in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday was killed and his passenger charged on federal warrants after he fled the scene in Sequatchie County, Tennessee, into neighboring Grundy County, according to state and local officials.
A Tennessee Highway Patrol crash report filed by Trooper Steven Richardson identified William Morgan, 33, of Beersheba Springs, Tennessee, as the driver of a GMC pickup truck who was killed about 4:50 a.m. CDT Sunday when his vehicle crashed into a tree that had fallen during a rainstorm, partially blocking the road.
The trooper said Morgan didn't see the tree in time to avoid it and the truck came to rest in a ditch after colliding with the tree, according to the report.
A passenger in Morgan's truck was identified by troopers as Grundy County resident Anthony Krahn, 37, of Palmer, Tennessee, the report states. Krahn left the crash and was charged later with failure to render aid at the scene and leaving the scene of an accident after he was taken into custody in Grundy County, THP spokesman Lt. John W. Harmon said in an email. Krahn was also injured in the crash.
Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum said Monday in an exchange of emails that his department "simply served a warrant" issued for Krahn's arrest. On Sunday, Shrum told the Grundy County Herald in Altamont, Tennessee, that the FBI was seeking Krahn — who was also identified in the article as "Scott Krahn" — on outstanding federal charges of conspiracy to transport 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and distributing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.
Shrum said Krahn on Monday was being held at the Grundy County Jail for U.S. marshals, who will take custody of him on the federal charges.
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