Chris Cooper Managing Editor
March 13, 2014
On Thursday, March 13, at approximately 1:54 a.m. Conner Edwards, 21, of Auburn and Cody L. Yell, 23, of Adairville were killed in a two vehicle traffic accident in Portland, Tenn., at the intersection of US Hwy. 31W and Lake Springs Road.
According to a preliminary Tennessee Motor Vehicle Fatality report, 42-year-old Hugh J. Darnell, of Caneyville, was driving a 2013 Great Dane tractor trailer truck, which was stopped at a stop sign on Lake Springs Road attempting to turn left onto US Hwy. 31, when the vehicle driven by Edwards and passengers Yell and Alexander M. Reed, 21, of Auburn - also traveling on Lake Springs Road at approximately 80 mph - ran into the rear of the trailer.
Both Darnell and Reed were wearing seat belts and Edwards and Yell were not. Trooper Christopher Burrell of the Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the accident.