Bad weather swept into the county again on Sunday night, as a steady rain froze into a serious ice storm, followed by snowfall. Counties across Middle Tennessee called school out for both Monday and Tuesday, and Macon County was no exception.
Macon County dispatchers reported just six minor wrecks from Sunday night through Tuesday morning.
But the first weather-related wreck on Sunday night was not minor at all, and resulted in two fatalities. Kelsey Garner and Devon “Hunter” Speight, both aged 22, were killed in a crash on Hwy 52.
The crash occurred in Lafayette at about 11 p.m. Sunday night. Speight, who was driving a 2005 Honda east on Hwy 52, crossed the center lane and struck another car, which was headed west. Both cars came to rest in the eastbound lane.
Speight, a resident of Lafayette, and Garner, a resident of White House, were both killed on impact and pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the second vehicle, 40-year-old Eric Holland, was injured. He was driving a 1999 Toyota SUV. Holland is a Westmoreland resident.
Authorities said that Speight was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred. They also said that preliminary information indicated the crash was the result of the weather, as the roadway was wet and it had just begun to sleet when the crash occurred.
THP Trooper Justin Mote was the investigating officer on the scene.
Dispatch to this accident was a bit complicated for emergency responders, according to one dispatcher, as several units were already at the scene of a house fire at 6474 New Harmony Road. The rental home, owned by Hartsville resident Stanley Holder, was a total loss, and two vehicles standing nearby were also destroyed. The call for this fire was received at about 10:45 p.m. Sunday. Three individuals living in the home got out safely, Scruggs said.