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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  • by Sarah on Feb 29, 2008 at 02:57 PM
    People shouldn't be trying to put the blame on someone. This was a UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT no matter how you look at. Past or no past this man leaves a family behind. So all the people who continue talk the bad things they do about this man need to realize this man has a family who is grieving right now. They have lost a loved one! How would you feel if the roles were reversed and you were the one who had lost a loved one. People should have respect for this man's family. God is the one who judges not us!!!!!
  • by carl Location: new tazewell on Feb 28, 2008 at 09:39 PM
    the ntpd was chasing this man, yes he put his life and others in danger, but so did the officers that were in a high speed chase. We know this because we watched the whole horrible event unfold. Pursuits of this nature should never occur. Since the biker had a "history" with the police they knew who they were after and where he could be found. It was a tragedy that should have never happened. Also why are the police avoiding telling the truth. They were in a high speed chase witnessed by many. Seems like there is a lot of blame to share. So sad for the family left to deal with. May God bless all nvolved.
  • by Calvin Location: Tazewell on Feb 28, 2008 at 05:06 PM
    To: Anonymous, at least I did put my NAME. If you notice I did include "normally", and given he was speeding, it is not hard to figure his was not for cleaning out the carbon on a street through the city. DUH.
  • by Wondering Location: Tazewell on Feb 28, 2008 at 04:05 PM
    After reading all of the comments, I was just wondering. What if any of these invidivuals or their families had been in the path of this man driving so fast on the street? Would they still be saying how great his past was when one of their own was laying in hospital or worse.. dead? No matter how nice or good he had been to anyone, in this instance, he was completely at fault.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2008 at 03:52 PM
    he was responsible for his own actions. however to calvin racing fuel is a great way to clean the carbon build up off of the valves. about 1/2 a gallon of racing fuel in a full tank of gas is better than fuel treatment at the parts store
  • by A friend Location: New Tazewell on Feb 28, 2008 at 02:55 PM
    I just read the other comments..Everyone has a past.I really think some ppl need to keep there nose out of it.He would have gave ya the shirt off from his back.Some ppl need to realize when you are pointing your finger at someone there are three pointing right back at you...missed much!!!
  • by Suprised Location: New Tazewell on Feb 28, 2008 at 02:53 PM
    This is a terrible tragedy and anyone that has a heart is sad for the family. But one of the things that bothers me the most is this, how could you have these pictures here and it still be on fire. These are not just pictures of the aftermath! This is a hard enough time for this family no matter what this gentlemans past they loved him. and to have to see these right now, well its just a shame.
  • by Sean Location: Harrogate, TN on Feb 28, 2008 at 10:05 AM
    No matter what anyone has to say, this person had a past with the police and he should have not been running from them. Obviously, fate decided that it was time to end the problematic behavior.
  • by Calvin Location: Tazewell on Feb 28, 2008 at 01:45 AM
    I just read the comments by Jen. I pull over when I have blue lights turned on behind me even if they are after someone else, that is the law. Additionally the speed limit is 45 on the street he was traveling, evidently far below the speed he was traveling. Your statement on racing fuel is ridiculous. One does not "normally" put racing fuel into their vehicle unless they intend on doing one thing... go fast. He was completely to blame, his speed and failure to yield were the deciding factors in this terrible accident. His parents and family have a right to grieve but put the blame where it belongs, on the person that could have prevented... Mr. Hendrickson.
  • by someone that has a heart Location: New Tazewell on Feb 27, 2008 at 03:24 PM
    its a crying shame that a mans life was lost and the only thing they want to say is bad things about him he does have a mother and father people should have respect for them instead they want to talk about the mans past and the special racing fuel is actually less explosive than regular gasoline if it was so explosive why would they sell it every day if that was the cause of the explosion than nascar and all racing cars would blow up quit blaming everything else and really set down and think about what has happened and who was at fault and what about others in this town being indicted they were some officials that was indicted at least one person everyone in claiborne county knows personally (sheriff) oh yeah i guess people has forgot about that!!!! but have respect for the family he was a good person not a bad guy!!!!!!!!!!!! the parents have lost their son !! god bless his family and all of his close friends
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