Butler man dies after multi-vehicle crash

Published 2:57 pm Tuesday, June 21, 2022

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From Staff Reports
A Butler man died Monday afternoon after a multi-vehicle crash on U.S. 321.
William Shane Adams, 34, was traveling north on U.S. 321 about 3 p.m. Monday when his 1999 red Ford Ranger crossed over the center line and collided with a 2007 White GMC truck traveling in the southbound lane.
The truck, driven by Cory Taylor, 31, of Elizabethton, spun out of control and collided with a third vehicle — a gold Toyota 4Runner driven by James Smith II of Mountain City — which was traveling behind Adams’ vehicle in the northbound lane.
Taylor’s truck eventually overturned into the right side of the roadway.
Meanwhile, Adams’ vehicle continued in the wrong lane of travel and collided head-on with a white Toyota Rav4, driven by Shawn McElyea of Butler.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol report, Adams was not wearing a seatbelt at the time.
No other individuals involved in the crash — including a passenger in Taylor’s vehicle — were injured, the report states.

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