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Two killed in head-on crash in Cumberland County

When people drive fast on a windy highway or are unable to negotiate curves, the results can be tragic. Even wearing a seat belt isn't always enough to save those involved in terrible car accidents.

An accident in Cumberland County last weekend is an example of one such tragedy. Two men died in the two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 70 north in Crossville on Saturday afternoon, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

A 51-year-old man was reportedly driving a 1987 Toyota west on the highway. Police say he apparently failed to negotiate a curve. This caused him to veer into the eastbound lane of the highway, where he struck a vehicle head-on.

That vehicle, a 2006 Kia, was driven by a 69-year-old man. A 78-year-old man was also riding along as a passenger. The driver of the Toyota and the passenger riding in the Kia were both killed. The driver of the Kia also sustained injuries, although his condition was not reported. The three men, all from Crossville, were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, according to a state trooper's report.

The deadly crash serves as a sobering reminder to other drivers to be careful when rounding a curve on a highway, particular when driving at a high speed. Even though two men died in this crash, seat belts can make a world of difference in crashes like this, so it's important to buckle up as well.

Source: Herald-Citizen, "Two killed in Cumberland crash on Saturday," Mary Jo Denton, Jan 16, 2012

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