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Driver killed Sunday in single-vehicle crash in Hardin County

A 51-year-old man from Martin, Tennessee, was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Tenn. 69-S in Hardin County on Sunday.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Robert Nelson, who died in the crash near Porter Lane, was northbound on the highway when the 2002 Ford Taurus he was operating traveled off the left side of the roadway, hit a tree and came to rest on its roof.

The THP said a 5-year-old passenger was flown to Birmingham, Alabama, in good condition, and that Nelson was wearing a seat belt. It’s unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.


  1. Celena Stephens on June 2, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Prayers for family and child ?

    • Tara cole on June 3, 2019 at 5:43 pm

      Thank u we r very devastated by this accident but thankfully robert didnt know what happened he was already gone when the crash occured

  2. Martha Hieronymus on June 3, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Thank you for the current news.

  3. Ronda Abrams on June 3, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    He had a heart attack no drugs involved he was my nephew and I would like to thank the man who took my god daughter out of the car till ambulance arrived bless him and his family

    • Amanda on June 3, 2019 at 9:29 pm

      Sending prayers for your family, bless you for thinking of the man and thanking him even thru the tragedy.

  4. Tara cole on June 3, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    The 5 yr old was our daughter legena her daddy was not impaired on anything he had chf our daughter watched him pass away and had to be cut out of the car seat. Thankfully there was some angels that took her and kept her safe til help arrived so she didnt have to keep seeing her daddy like that. She was airlifted to birmingham childrens hospital down here I was not with them she was goin to see family on his side and they didnt make it there.

    • Wanda Gannon on June 4, 2019 at 11:47 am

      My sister and nephew are two of those angel…there were three…and then a multitude… were the second car to stop that day, the wheels on the vehicle still spinning. My nephew gave the man in front of them already on scene (1st car) his knife to cut the car seat in the back to remove the little girl. My sister held her in her arms and reassured her she was going to be ok. She spoke a lot to my sister. She was worried about her daddy but my sister held her tight until others could arrive to assist. The area has no cell service. A passing car had to travel up the road to notify 911 to send help. She lives near that area. She would love to know the child is going to be ok. I will call her tonight and let her know we have news. I searched for this message today for her as we spoke of it again last night wishing there was more she could have done and the wondering of if they were going to be ok. We both decided we could by praying for the family. Please except our condolences and prayers for you and your family during your time of loss.

      • Teresa Bland on June 6, 2019 at 7:03 am

        Tell your sister THANK YOU from all of us! He’s my brother. Please accept our sincere appreciation from me, my sisters and our mom! I know that God had his hand on our niece that day sending those angels to help out. Again thank you to all those that stopped and comforted our niece.

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