Truck Crashes into House, Homeowner Killed

Newport Highway, Sevier County (WVLT) - There may be charges after a driver crashed into a house last night with his truck and killed the homeowner.

The Sevier County Sheriff's Department says Edward Smith was driving his truck on Newport Highway last night just after 6:30 p.m. when he left the road at a high rate of speed, hit a tree, and then hit a house.

The homeowner, 57 year-old Chuck Finchum was sleeping on the couch at the time. The truck hit and killed him.

Family members say Finchum was battling cancer.

LifeStar airlifted the driver, Edward Smith, to UT Medical Center with several broken bones.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating and say charges are possible.

They aren't sure yet if alcohol was involved in the accident.


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