One fatality reported in crash

2020 Ford vehicle and backhoe collide


A two-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 8:48 a.m., on June 28, 2023, on US 70N at State Route 111, in White County, left one victim deceased and another injured.

According to a preliminary report from Tennessee Highway Patrol, Sumor L. George, 41, was traveling in a southwest direction, on US 70S, driving a 2020 Ford vehicle.

William D. Lewis, 63, who was driving a backhoe, was also traveling in a southwest direction on US 70S.

George’s vehicle impacted Lewis’s backhoe with the front end of George’s vehicle.

Both vehicles then left the roadway to the right side of the road. The vehicle driven by George then caught fire. The backhoe driven by Lewis overturned. According to the report from THP, the drive of the backhoe was deceased at the scene.

Sumor was wearing a seatbelt and was injured. It was unknown if Lewis was wearing seatbelt.

The report from THP states charges are pending against George.     


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