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Damaged bolt blamed for deadly wreck
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A local teen was killed and his passenger was injured when the truck in which they were riding crashed and overturned on Bethany Road.
The driver, Skyler O’dineal, 19, was dead at the scene of the Saturday morning wreck while his passenger, Cody Cagle, 19, of Woodbury was critically injured and flown to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga by LifeForce helicopter from Warren County Memorial Airport.
According to Highway Patrol Sgt. Billy Prater, O’dineal was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger northbound on Bethany Road when he lost control of his truck. Bethany Road is a two-lane secondary road between Newtown and Centertown which runs off Nashville Highway. The vehicle went off the road and struck an embankment and went through a fence before rolling repeatedly.
The driver was thrown from the vehicle as it rolled through a field causing his fatal injuries. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt but his passenger, it is believed, was restrained. Troopers believe the truck rolled more than three times.
While the investigation continues, investigators suspect the wreck was caused by a combination of factors, including mechanical issues and the condition of the road.
Specifically, troopers believe there was damaged bolt on a sway-bar suspension unit which could have sheered away when the truck hit a transition on the pavement as it approached still-under-construction Highway 70 where it crosses Bethany Road. The result could have caused the loss of control by the teen driver.