Early-morning wreck claims Hornbeak man

Early-morning wreck claims Hornbeak man
An Obion County man was killed Sunday in an early-morning traffic crash on Highway 51 between Union City and Troy.
Mark R. Osteen, 50, a resident of Kendall Road near Hornbeak, died as the result of a one-vehicle accident about 4:45 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 51 at Allie Campbell Road.
Tennessee Highway Pa-trol Trooper Robert Clem-mons reported Osteen was northbound in lane two of U.S. 51 when his 1998 Chevrolet Blazer traveled off the west edge of the roadway into the median. He apparently overcorrected and his vehicle started to rotate counter-clockwise.
The vehicle returned to the roadway and overturned about five times across the highway before it exited eastbound off the roadway. It came to final rest upside-down, facing south.
According to the THP, Osteen was not wearing a seat belt and the investigating trooper reported he believed a safety restraint would have made a difference.
Funeral arrangements for Osteen are incomplete and will be announced by White-Ranson Funeral Home in Union City.
Osteen’s death is the fourth traffic fatality this month in Obion County. Three people died as the result of a Jan. 7 crash on Highway 21 at Williams Road just outside Hornbeak.
Published in The Messenger 1.23.12

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