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One rescued from wreckage and airlifted
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Two occupants of this Honda Accord were killed Tuesday when it pulled into the path of an 18-wheeler leaving Yorozu. A third occupant, Lakelinn Simmons, 18, was rescued from the passenger side before both vehicles burst into flames.

Two people were killed while a third was airlifted in a fiery crash Tuesday at Mt. View Industrial Park in Morrison.

The two fatally injured victims are believed to be Grayson Martin, 19, and RayShawn Hillis, 20.

They have not been positively identified by the Tennessee Highway Patrol due to their injuries. Their bodies have been sent to the medical examiner’s office for autopsy and positive identification.

Lakelinn Simmons, 18, is the passenger who was airlifted. She was transported to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga for leg injuries.

She was pulled from the passenger side of the car moments after the crash by motorist Matthew Totherow of Palmer. He was heading to work at Yorozu.

“Mr. Totherow was on the crash scene fairly quickly and was able to get the female out,” said state trooper Rodney Whiles. “However, by the time he got back to the car it was already in flames and there was nothing else he could do.”

The crash occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Mt. View Industrial Drive when the car, a 2007 Honda Accord registered to Martin, pulled from the parking lot of Aspen Industries into the path of an Averitt Express 18-wheeler driven by McMinnville resident Jeffrey Graham, 54.

Graham tried to take evasive action when the car pulled into his path, but made impact with the car on the driver’s side. He had just left Yorozu and was traveling on Mt. View Industrial Drive toward Manchester.

Shortly after coming to rest, both vehicles burst into flames. Graham was able to jump to safety from his driver’s side door before the cab of his semi was engulfed.

After piecing together information, investigators believe the three car occupants were taking dinner to a friend who works at Miniature Precision Components, which is located off Progress Blvd. It is believed the car passed Progress Blvd. and went to turn around in the next available spot, which is the Aspen Industries parking lot. None of the occupants have any affiliation with Aspen Industries, investigators say.

It is not known what caused the car to pull into the path of the 18-wheeler from the parking lot. The crash occurred on a straight stretch of road.

The deaths mark the fifth and sixth fatalities on Warren County roads this year. Warren County had six fatalities at this time last year.