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Two killed in crash

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Two men died in a single-vehicle crash on State Highway 64 west of Shelbyville early Sunday, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said.

Nathan Doyle Pugh, 29, the driver, and Benjamin D. "Jarrad" Ray, 28, both of Shelbyville, lost their lives, State Trooper Jackie Smith's report said. Pugh died at the scene while Ray, who had been in the right front seat, and surviving passenger Andrew Clanton, 22, of Shelbyville, who was in the right rear seat, were airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, investigators said.

Pugh lost control of an eastbound Toyota Tundra extended cab pickup truck just east of the Highway 130 intersection, Smith said.

"The vehicle ran off the right side of the road, traveling down a ditch line, striking a culvert, driving across a private driveway and continuing down the ditch line," Smith said in his report.

"The truck came back on the roadway, traveling across the road and striking a tree, spinning the vehicle around and coming to rest in a yard facing west."

Smith's report said Pugh had been drinking; alcohol consumption was listed as "unknown" for the passengers. Ray and Clanton were wearing seat belts, which, according to Smith, would not have made a difference.

Two medical helicopters landed in a field across from the accident site within a short time after the accident to transport Ray and Clanton.

Authorities were notified at 1:10 a.m.

The victims are Bedford County's second and third traffic fatalities of 2013.