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Blackwell family dies in tragic head-on collision this past weekend

By Lacy Hilliard

Four people lost their lives in a head-on collision on Saturday, May 16 at around 8:30 p.m. The collision occurred right on the North Carolina and Tennessee state line on Highway 421 when a Chevrolet K3500 dually pickup truck, driven by Michael Pinkham (64) of Ridgeway, South Carolina, crossed over the double yellow line and struck a Honda Civic containing Nicholas Blackwell (24), his wife Molly Blackwell (23) and their 11-month-old daughter, Harper.

Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Grogan stated that the pickup truck was traveling at least 90 miles per hour when it slammed into the Blackwell’s vehicle. The impact sent the small sedan careening off the road, while the pick-up truck began spilling large amounts of diesel fuel that ultimately ignited.  More...

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