published Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Driver dies, 1 hurt in Marion County crash

A driver in New Hope, Tenn., died on Saturday around 12:50 p.m. after crashing a car into a tree off State Highway 156.

Nathan Griffin, 24, of South Pittsburg, was transported to Erlanger Hospital where he died, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s accident report. Passenger Paul Coffman, 15, was also injured.

Neither was wearing a seat belt, which THP believes could have made a difference in the wreck.

Officials are unsure what caused Griffin to leave the road, but no charges have been filed in the accident.

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