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Three people were killed in a violent three vehicle wreck late Saturday afternoon, September 10, around 5:15 p.m.


The wreck happened on Highway 52 West at the intersection near Westside School.

Sgt. Ashley Mercer, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, conducted a lengthy investigation at the scene before the wreckage was removed several hours later.

The three victims pronounced deceased at the scene have been identified as 41-year-old Christopher L. Brady, of Moss, Tenn.; 46-year-old Jeffrey A. Van Overberge of Westmoreland, Tn.; and 25-year-old Justin L. Spears of Westmoreland, Tn.

A fourth person involved in the wreck, 28-year-old Mr. Jay R. Scruggs, also of Westmoreland, was injured.

According to Sgt. Mercer, Christopher Brady was traveling east bound on rain slick State Highway 52 in a 2012 International Tractor Trailer and while negotiating a left turn, the vehicle lost traction and jackknifed. “This caused the vehicle to cross into the west bound lane hitting a 1995 Dodge pickup truck driven by Jeffrey Van Overberge,” said Sgt. Mercer. “Unfortunately, Van Overberge was unable to avoid the collision and his pickup went under the trailer,” stated Mercer. “Justin Spears was a passenger in this vehicle.”

“The trailer also struck the front end of a 1995 Chevrolet S10 pickup driven by Mr. Scruggs,” said Mercer.

According to Sgt. Mercer, the tractor trailer continued off the north side of the road and came to rest in a deep ravine. The Van Overberge pickup came to rest in the west bound lane facing north and the Scruggs pickup truck was pushed off the north side of the west bound lane facing east.

Mr. Scruggs was taken to Skyline Medical Center for treatment

Christopher L. Brady drove for Universal AM-CAN.

This section of Highway 52 West was closed for 7 hours and traffic was re-routed

Those responding to the scene were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County EMS, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County Rescue Squad, and the Macon County Chronicle.