45-year-old Sparta man killed in holiday crash at Highway 111 split
Posted By Sparta Live | December 30, 2013 12:00 am
A Sparta man on his way to visit relatives for Christmas was found deceased at the Highway 111 and Highway 70 split early Christmas morning by Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers who say he had crashed sometime the evening before.
According to Sgt. Jimmy Jones, Bud Vines, 45, of Sparta, was traveling in a 1996 Dodge Dakota truck from the Chattanooga area on Highway 111 some time on Dec. 24, 2013.
At the split of Highway 111 and Highway 70, Sgt. Jones says it appears Vines took the wrong ramp to head toward McMinnville.
According to Sgt. Jones, Vines hit a retaining wall and went on top of wall before landing sideways on the driver side. At some point, Vines was ejected from the vehicle, which then rolled back onto its wheels on top of Vines.
Sgt. Jones points out that Vines was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Vines was not discovered until early the next morning, at which time troopers believe he had already been deceased for several hours.
Troopers do not suspect alcohol to be involved in the crash, however Jones says drugs reportedly found at the scene may have been a contributing factor.
Sgt. Jones and Trooper David Hickey are in charge of investigating the crash.