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Tower Down - 10.27.20 (TN) "UPDATED"


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This is Breaking News, with few details available a Tower Down Notification is Pending.


It happened around 10:20 Central Time on Interstate 24 east in Marion County.


A spokesperson for THP said the 3 vehicle crash involved a commercial vehicle and a wrecker with the third car possibly being the one on the wrecker.


The roadway was shutdown while Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the fatal crash.

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Sorry, we are have been working to piece this story of a tragic loss together


This is what we know sometime after 10pm CDT:

A Semi Struck and Killed Robert Clayton on I-24 before the Kimball Exit in Marion County, TN.

Robert Clayton a Tow Truck Driver with Monte Eagle Service of Monte Eagle, TN. has lost his life.



(Image of Robert Clayton and Michelle Clayton)





Robert Charles Clayton age 52 of Manchester loaded his rollback for the last time, Tuesday, October 27, 2020. He was employed by Monteagle Wrecker Service and was preceded in death by his father, Robert Carl Clayton.

Those left to treasure his memories are his wife, Michelle R. Clayton; mother, Norma Louise Clayton; children, Carol Michelle Green, Vernon White, April Nicole White, Johnny L. Chank, Joseph A. Chank, Lillian Nicole Clayton, Christina “R.L” Clayton & Olivia Clayton; siblings, Barbara Clayton Cooper, Robbin L. Clayton & Paul Broughton; 13 Grandchildren; one niece and one nephew.


Family will receive friends 11AM, Saturday, October 31, 2020.


Memorial Service 12PM, Saturday, October 31, 2020 in the funeral chapel with Pastor Luke Camlic officiating.

Share memories, photos and condolences at www.jaspermemorialfuneralhome.com


Arrangements by Jasper Memorial Funeral Home (423) 942-7777.





MARION COUNTY, Tenn. — A driver for Monteagle Wrecker Service was killed while helping out another motorist stranded along Interstate 24 in Marion County on Wednesday, according to the company.


Monteagle Wrecker Service says Robert Clayton of Manchester had worked for the company for the last 15 years.


He was working an AAA call near mile marker 150, near Kimball, when he was struck by a semi-truck, according to the company.


The Tennessee Highway Patrol said in their preliminary report that Clayton was entering a lane on the eastbound side from the emergency lane when the other driver, Richard Baye of Philip, South Dakota, crashed into the back of Clayton's truck.


THP says Clayton was pronounced dead at the scene.


The THP trooper who made the report says Clayton was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, but that it was unknown whether wearing the seatbelt would have made a difference in the crash.


As of this report's writing, criminal charges are pending against Baye.


A tow truck convoy is being planned to honor Clayton's life this Saturday, October 31st. It is set to begin after his funeral, and organizers say all tow trucks from all companies are invited. https://www.towforce.net/topic/11541-tennessee-tow-truck-convoy-103120/




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OMG I am so sorry to hear this news again about another tower losing his life. Prayers going out to Robert's family, friends and Co-workers.

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