Two Teens Killed in Single-Vehicle Wreck in Cookeville, Tennessee
PUTNAM COUNTY, TN. – According to an online news report from usatodayhss.com, two teenagers were killed in a single-vehicle wreck in Putnam County, Tennessee. Both teens were students at Cookeville High School. One was a member of the orchestra and band, and the other was on the football team.*
The accident happened on February 15. Police say a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were riding in a 2002 Dodge CSX on Pippin Road in Putnam County. The Dodge was traveling west and somehow left the right side of the road, rolled, and crashed into a tree. Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that the cab of the truck was crushed in the accident.
Authorities and emergency crews arrived at the scene to find both teenagers deceased. Both teens were wearing their seat belts. Troopers reported that the boy had been driving. The cause of the accident has not been determined. Authorities do not believe that drugs or alcohol were involved.
The teens’ names have been released in media reports, but they are withheld from this story for privacy reasons. They were both juniors at Cookeville High School, and reports have confirmed that the girl was a member of the high school’s band and orchestra, and the boy was a member of the school’s football team. The two were reportedly dating.
The school is offering support to students and staff through counseling services, and the school organized a balloon release in honor of the teens the day after the accident. The circumstances of the accident are still under investigation by Tennessee Highway Patrol, and no additional information is available at this time.
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