July 7, 2013 Contact: Marian O'Briant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Two men killed as a result of traffic accident
Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said two men were killed as the result of a traffic accident on Morganton Road late Saturday night.
Christopher E. Treadway, 24, of Martin Mill Pike, Knoxville, and Thomas Cody Hopper, 21, of Highland Road, Maryville, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Treadway was traveling west on Morganton Road near Panorama Drive in a 2001 Ford Explorer shortly before midnight. As the vehicle approached Panorama Drive, it went into an uncontrolled skid and traveled off the left side of the roadway. It then ran into a shallow ditch and struck a mailbox, coming to a rest after striking a large tree. Neither Treadway nor Hopper was wearing their seatbelt. The airbags did deploy.
The Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit is investigating the accident.
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