Clinton man killed in wreck Tuesday

A Clinton man was killed in a two-car accident just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, on Clinton Highway near the intersection of Bull Run Road.The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported Fred Lay, 86, had been driving a 2005 Mercury Sable east on Bull Run Road Tuesday when he made a turn into the southbound lanes of Clinton Highway and into the path of a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer SUV driven by 27-year-old Marissa McCormick of Powell.

The report states McCormick was unable to avoid a collision.

Lay was killed in the crash and McCormick was uninjured.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts and troopers reported that drugs and alcohol are not believed to have been factors in the deadly accident. Blood tests were ordered as is standard procedure in fatal accidents. No citations were issued and no criminal charges filed.

In addition to the THP, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, EMS and rescue Squad responded to the scene as did crews from the Claxton Volunteer Fire Department.

That stretch of Clinton Highway was shut down for about three hours while crews investigated the wreck and cleared the scene.