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August 5, 2013 Contact: Marian O'Briant


Townsend man killed in car accident

Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said a 48-year-old Townsend man was killed in a one car accident in Townsend Sunday night.

James M. Roberts, 48, of Webb Road, Townsend, was pronounced dead at Blount Memorial Hospital Sunday night.

The Sheriff's Office responded to a one-vehicle accident on Webb Road near Berry Williams Road shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday. Roberts was traveling north on Webb Road in a 2006 Chevrolet pick-up truck when he ran off the right side of the roadway, came back onto the road and went into the oncoming lane. He then overcorrected, and went back off the right side of the road striking an embankment. The vehicle then struck a tree and uprooted it, causing the truck to roll over onto its top. The driver was partially ejected. Roberts was not wearing a seatbelt. He was taken by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service to Blount Memorial Hospital.

The Townsend Police Department, Townsend Fire Department, and Blount County Fire Department also responded.

The Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit is investigating the accident.

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