NEW DETAILS & PICTURES: THP Investigating deadly accident in Claiborne County

Claiborne County, (WVLT) - One person is dead after a horrific accident in New Tazewell on Monday evening.

The Claiborne Progress reports New Tazewell Police Officer Harrison Cornett initiated a chase of a motorcycle about 5:50 p.m.

Because of the high rate of the motorcycle's speed, Cornett decided not to continue a chase through the town of New Tazewell on Hwy. 33., accoridng to the newspaper.

Moments later, the motorcyclist, identified as Earl Hendrickson, 32, of New Tazwell crashed into a tractor trailer that was making a left hand turn off Highway 33.

The fiery collision killed Hendrickson instantly according to police officers.

Traffic was detoured around the scene for more than four hours.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.

Investigators say Hendrickson was traveling at a very high rate of speed.

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