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January a deadly month on local roads

January a deadly month on local roads
January was a deadly month on Obion County’s roadways, with five people killed in three separate traffic crashes.
The most recent fatal accident Saturday in rural Obion County claimed the life of a South Fulton man.
Mark Welton Tibbs, 46, a resident of Tibbs Lane at South Fulton, apparently died in a fiery crash that occurred about 7:40 a.m. Saturday in the 8800 block of Brundige Road near South Fulton.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is still awaiting positive identification of the victim from Saturday’s crash, including receiving official confirmation from the medical examiner, Tennessee Department of Safety public information officer Dalya Qualls said today.
For that reason, the victim’s name was not disclosed by the THP or the Department of Safety. However, The Messenger received Tibbs’ obituary notice Wednesday from Hornbeak Funeral Home in Fulton.
According to the THP’s accident report, the male driver in Saturday’s fatal crash was westbound on Brundige Road when his 1996 Dodge pickup went off the south side of the roadway 200 feet into a vacant lot. The truck spun around a couple of times, proceeded northbound and struck a private drive.
The vehicle then proceeded eastbound along the south side shoulder of Brundige Road and exited the roadway into a creek. It came to final rest overturned on the passenger side, engulfed in flames, the THP reported.
The driver was not wearing a seat belt. The investigating officer noted it was his opinion that a safety restraint would not have made a difference.
There were no other vehicles or other passengers involved in the accident.
The other fatal crashes last month in Obion County occurred Jan. 7 on Highway 21 at Williams Road near Hornbeak, resulting in the deaths of Jack and Sue Bell, both 81, of Kenton and their son, David C. Bell, 51, of Forsyth, Ga.; and Jan. 22 on Highway 51 at Allie Campbell Road near Union City, resulting in the death of Mark O’Steen, 50, of Hornbeak. Published in The Messenger 2.2.12

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