Huntingdon business owner killed in Crockett Co. crash

Brownsville man airlifted

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FATAL CRASH – Emergency responders work to free a Brownsville man from the wreckage of his tractor trailer following a Nov. 12 two-vehicle crash in Crocket County that claimed the life of Huntingdon business owner Harold Miller.

A Nov. 12 two-vehicle crash in Crockett County claimed the life of a former Huntingdon resident and severely injured a Brownsville man.

Harold Ray Miller, 73, of Jackson, formerly of Huntingdon, died from injuries sustained when the Komatsu front loader he was driving was struck by a tractor-trailer grain truck on Highway 412 in Bells at around 2:30 p.m.

Miller was the owner of Miller Contractors in Huntingdon.

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The driver of the tractor-trailer – Robert Staggs, 81, of Brownsville – was airlifted from the scene to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis. Further information regarding his condition was not available at press time.

According to the accident report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Staggs was driving westbound on 412 and Miller was also driving westbound in the emergency lane.

Staggs attempted to cross into the left lane from the fog line in the westbound lane when he struck Miller’s front loader. The front loader was hit in the front bucket on the drivers’ side, overturning both the tractor-trailer and the front loader.

AIR RESPONSE – An Air Evac Lifeteam responds to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 412 in Bells on Nov. 12. Robert Staggs of Brownsville was airlifted from the scene. Harold Miller, formerly of Huntingdon, died from his injuries.

The wreck occurred underneath an overpass near a construction site.

The report stated that Miller was not wearing a seatbelt, while Staggs was wearing one.

The tractor-trailer was hauling corn that covered the eastbound roadway causing traffic to shut down in both directions for an extended period of time while emergency personnel worked to clear the road.

Funeral services for Miller were held on Sunday at Dilday-Carter Funeral Home in Huntingdon. He was buried at Carroll Memorial Gardens near McKenzie.

For more information about Harold Ray Miller and his family, see the obituary page of this edition.

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