County man killed in wreck near Huntland

Friday, December 26, 2008

A Marshall County man died during a one-car crash on Tuesday when his car went off the road and rolled over near Huntland, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Phillip McMillin, 54 of Lewisburg was driving a 1992 Oldsmobile north on Robinson Creek Road at about 5 a.m. when he crossed State Route 64 and went down an embankment. McMillin was not ejected.

Trooper Dallas Rife's report indicates drinking appeared to be a contributing factor to the crash, according to THP Radio Operator Rich Thomas.

The driver lost control, possibly after falling asleep, Thomas said. The Oldsmobile "went down an embankment, flipping the vehicle."

McMillin was pronounced dead at the scene, Thomas said.

Rife and Trooper Duane Stevens said McMillin was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to the Herald-Chronicle in Winchester. The newspaper also reported the troopers said the Oldsmobile had struck a large concrete drain.

Deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff's Department assisted the troopers at the scene, and no other vehicle was involved in the accident, the newspaper reported.

The troopers have sought drug and alcohol testing in the case, according to the radio operator in Chattanooga. Such tests are routine when there's a fatality.