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Head-On Vehicle Collision Claims One Life in Cumberland County, Tennessee

August 27, 2018

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, TN— A 35-year-old man died in a horrific head-on collision on Highway 70 westbound on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, according to fatal crash happened west of Crossville sometime in the morning hours. The preliminary investigation revealed that the man lost control over his small vehicle and slammed head-on into a Freightliner heading in the opposite direction. Law enforcement officers and work crews need to shut down the highway for a few hours while they investigated the crash and removed debris from the crash scene.*

Police are still trying to determine why 35-year-old David Joseph Palmer from Sparta lost control over his 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit and crossed over the centerline into oncoming traffic.  A 2018 Freightliner tractor-trailer slammed into the Rabbit. The force of the impact threw debris everywhere. Robert Merrill Pitts, who is 50 years old from Griffin, Georgia, was the driver of the Freightliner involved in the collision. 

The enormity of the impact killed Mr. Palmer instantly. First responders reported that he was dead at the scene. Miraculously, Mr. Pitts walked away from the wreck without a scratch on him. Tennessee state police have not issued any citations to Mr. Pitts, nor have they expressed any interest in charging him with any crimes. The preliminary investigation shows that Mr. Palmer is responsible for the crash that tragically took his own life. Officials offered no immediate reason why Mr. Palmer left his lane of travel and drifted into the opposite lane of travel. 

Drivers can drift out of their lane due to any number of reasons. They could have fallen asleep at the wheel, were intoxicated, or were driving while being distracted. Evennon-human error like a vehicular malfunction could account for drifting into the opposite lane.

Some statistics show that approximately 2% of all motor vehicle crashes may be describedas head-on collisions. However, head-on crashes account for about 10% of all fatalities in the U.S. each year. 

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