CLAXTON—A Knoxville man died after he lost control of a motorcycle, struck a guardrail, and landed down an embankment on Old Emory Road in Claxton on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The single-vehicle crash was reported at about 2:21 p.m. Saturday at the intersection with Walnut Valley Road, just north of Bull Run Fossil Plant.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Peter Bolen, 52, was driving south on a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle when he lost control going around a curve and hit the guardrail. The motorcycle crossed the road and stopped in a ditch on the opposite side of the road.
A fatal accident report said Bolen had been drinking. He was wearing a helmet. Drug and alcohol tests have been requested, which is routine in fatal crashes.
Old Emory Road was closed at Walnut Valley Road while the THP investigated. Trooper Shane Orrick was the investigating officer.
Besides the THP, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, Claxton Fire Department, Anderson County Rescue Squad, and Anderson County Emergency Medical Services also responded to the crash.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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