White County Man Dies In Traffic Accident

February 14, 2007
Dwayne Page

A 58 year old White County man was killed in a one vehicle traffic accident around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 70 east near Sligo Bridge.

Dead is Baxter Griffith of Lonnie Car Road, Sparta.

Trooper Brian Raymond of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Griffith was traveling east on Highway 70 in a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer when the vehicle went off the shoulder of the road, struck a culvert, and overturned, coming to rest upside down in the roadway.

Griffith was taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department were also summoned to the scene to provide extrication services, but the man wasn't trapped, so no extrication was needed.

Trooper Raymond says Griffith was not wearing a seat belt and it appeared that alcohol may have been a factor.

Trooper Raymond was assisted by Sergeant Billy Prater and Lieutenant Brian Lawson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department was also on the scene.

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