SR 61 scene of two tragedies last week

Two accidents — one resulting in a death — took place on SR 61 in Anderson County Wednesday, May 2.

The first occurred at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning near the roadway’s intersection with Bethel Road. The first accident sent four people — three minors — to area hospitals.

The 17-year-old driver of a Mazda 4000 was heading west on SR 61 when the driver crossed the center line, a report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol said.

The driver was not able to correct in time and hit an eastbound 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Tara Bales, 31, Clinton, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said.

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