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Kevin Andrew Hasty, 18, of Scott Lane, the driver, was dead at the scene of the crash, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Michael H. Marcoulier, 18, of Minkslide Road, was taken to nearby Heritage Medical Center and flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.
"He was eastbound on Benford Road in a straightaway," Trooper Chad McAnally said. "He crested a small rise in the roadway, applied his brakes and went into a skid. He ran off the roadway on the left side, traveled through a field and struck a tree on the driver's side."
McAnally's report said speed was a factor in the crash and safety belts were not in use.
Hasty and Marcoulier are both listed as seniors at Cascade, according to school records. No one at the school was available for comment this morning.
Bell Buckle United Methodist Church pastor David Adams was at Cascade this morning to support grieving students.
The school has been hit hard by student traffic fatalities in the past several years.
-- T-G features writer Tracy Simmons contributed to this story.