According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the incident occurred at about 1:20 a.m. in Surgoinsville. As a 2000 Ford F-150 was traveling south on Main Street, the driver lost control and exited the left side of the roadway.
Near the intersection with Highland Avenue, the truck struck a culvert, then the driver’s side hit a tree. The lone occupant, James S. Lawson, 59, Surgoinsville, was killed in the incident. He reportedly was wearing a seatbelt.
An investigation of the crash is continuing.