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Man killed by train: Today in the Tennessee news roundup

June 2nd, 2014 7:52 am by Staff Report

Man killed by train: Today in the Tennessee news roundup

Authorities say Maryville man killed by train

KNOXVILLE — Authorities are investigating the death of a Maryville man who was struck by a train in Blount County.

According to WBIR-TV (, the Blount County Sheriff's Office received a call just before midnight Saturday that a man had been hit by a train.

Officials identified the man as 47-year-old Jeffrey Wane Collins. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Over in Roane County, two people were killed and two others critically injured Friday evening when their car was struck by a train in Harriman.


Bus being used to feed youth during summer

MURFREESBORO  — Murfreesboro City Schools is using a specially designed bus to provide free breakfast and lunch to youth this summer.

According to The Daily News Journal (, the bus program is referred to as CHOW, or Combating Hunger on Wheels.

It will serve five of the 16 sites designated under the summer feeding program.

The bus is a retired city schools bus. Some chairs have been removed to make room for portable coolers and trash cans, while the remainder will serve as café-style seating with tables.

Sandy Scheele supervises the city schools' food service program. She says as many as 40 children can be seated on the bus at once.

"If 100 kids show up at one site, we'll stay until they're all fed," said Scheele, adding that the main objective is to make sure that no child goes hungry. "That's the whole point of the program."


2 critical following train-car collision

HARRIMAN — Authorities say two of the four people in a car that was struck by a train in Roane County are in critical condition.

The other two died in the accident that occurred Friday evening in Harriman. They were 22-year-old Roderick Patrick Drummond, of Greenville, South Carolina, and 18-year-old Jadah Gallaher, of Harriman.

The survivors were 20-year-old Darius Gallaher — Jadah's brother — and 20-year-old Hunter Crass, both of Harriman. According to WBIR-TV (, both are listed in critical condition at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

A preliminary report states the vehicle driven by Darius Gallaher was heading westbound when it attempted to cross a railroad crossing and was struck by the train.

The television station reports that Drummond and Darius Gallaher played on the men's basketball team at Roane State Community College, and that Jadah Gallaher was on the women's team.

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