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Bedford County boy dies in crash on Hwy 64

Thursday, February 7, 2013

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

A Shelbyville Central High School sophomore died Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 64 in Marshall County, authorities said.

Jackie "Trey" White III, 16, of 351 Helton Road in Bedford County near the Palmetto and Wheel communities, was driving a 1994 Mazda toward Shelbyville on Highway 64 at about 7:30 a.m.

Steven Snyder, 44, who has a Lewisburg address, was driving a 2009 Dodge dually pulling a gooseneck flatbed trailer, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Ryan Hill reported. Snyder had just turned right off Hunter Road and was traveling toward Nashville Highway.

The Mazda "crossed the center line, striking the left rear fender of the Dodge and the front left of the trailer," Hill reported.

Trey White was taken to the Marshall County morgue at the county's Emergency Medical Services headquarters on South Ellington Parkway.

The sophomore's brother, William Liam White, 11, also of Helton Road between Jack Pickle Lane and Haskins Chapel Road, was in the Mazda truck and was taken by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Snyder was not injured, Hill reported. "He was in his correct lane of travel."

Records show no citation was issued.

"It was a bad situation, a horrible thing to get up to," Sherry Wenzel said.

She and her husband, Richie, run a sign and body shop nearby.

"My husband and I were having our coffee," she said. "We heard what sounded like an explosion and looked and saw smoke. We walked up there while talking to 911."

The boys' mother and other relatives rushed to the scene of the crash, she said.

"They had just moved here from Athens," Wentzel said.

Georgia license plates are displayed on the Mazda pickup truck, Tennessee records show. Hill said the truck was towed to Martin Motors on Second Avenue North.

Several people speculated the boys were traveling to school. Liam White is a sixth grade student at Liberty School.

"We've seen two real bad wrecks here in the past two months," Wentzel said. "We thought it would have been because of the intersection, but it wasn't. When you're going in that direction that early in the morning, the sun is bright. It was probably low on the horizon, she said.

The closest ambulances came from Lewisburg. An extrication truck was dispatched, but not needed. The Marshall County Sheriff's Department and Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Logan also responded.