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.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 241980111 -
Gray Television, Inc.