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Wreck victim IDd

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A man who died as a result of a collision between a tanker truck and a pickup truck on Highway 231 North on Tuesday has been identified.

The deceased man was identified as William Clarence Norris, 49, address unknown. He was a passenger in a 1985 Ford F150 pickup truck driven by L.D. Bell, 71, of 50 Upton Heights, Lebanon. Bell was injured in the accident.

According to the report filed by Trooper Raymond Gaskill of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 2007 Kenworth tanker truck hauling gasoline and diesel and driven by Michael J. Bradley, 28, of 122 Orchard Drive, Old Hickory, was traveling north on Hwy. 231. Traffic had stopped for a school bus that was off-loading children. The pickup truck, which was in front of the school bus, was headed south on Hwy. 231.

The tanker truck was unable to stop, Gaskill said in his report, and swerved into the southbound lane striking the pickup truck head-on. The impact knocked the pickup truck approximately 50 feet back and spun onto its roof. The tanker truck continued moving through the area finally coming to rest in a creek bed.

The report said that Norris and Bradley wore seat belts, but Bell was not wearing one.

The accident, which occurred near Hunters Point Pike about 3:10 p.m., shut down the roadway. LifeFlight helicopter was called to the scene to transport Bell and Norris to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

Bradley was given misdemeanor citations for failure to maintain due care, driving left of center and reckless driving. No criminal charges were filed.

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