THP: Alcohol a factor in deadly Hamblen County crash

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tennessee Highway Patrol says drinking was a factor in a deadly crash in Hamblen County.

It happened at 11:23 on Friday night.

THP says 71-year-old Hamalton Fairchild was driving east on Panther Creek Road when he mis-judged a curve and drove off the right side of the road.

That's when troopers say he crashed into a tree.

THP officers say a test done after the crash tested positive for alcohol but tested negative for drugs.

Hamalton was wearing his seat-belt.


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