Two people were killed when the high-performance Corvette they were in left the roadway and struck a tree, splitting the car in half.
Robert Douglas Farley, 35, of Cookeville, and Davis Andrew Gregor, 19, of Rising Fawn Ga., were identified as the victims.
Farley reportedly lives in Cleveland.
The two men reportedly owned a performance and car maintenance shop just south of where the crash occurred just after 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Emergency officials responded to the scene near the 7000 block of North Lee Highway and found the rear clip of the Corvette detached and resting against a tree. The remaining chassis, including driver’s compartment, came to rest in a creek below the roadway.
Both men were believed to be wearing proper seat restraints; however, they were ejected from the vehicle.
They were pronounced dead at the scene, according to information provided by Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
The BCSO Traffic Unit is in charge of the crash investigation.
Crash investigators have determined the vehicle “went out of control while traveling north on North Lee, crossed the center line to the opposite side of the road and struck a tree.”
The roadway was shutdown to through traffic for more than five hours, according to Capt. W.G. Campbell.
Assisting at the scene were paramedics with Bradley County Emergency Medical Service, Bradley County Fire and Rescue First Responders, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Charleston Police Department and the Bradley County Medical Examiner’s Office officials.
There have been three deaths on Bradley County roadways in January.
Kim Thompson, 53, died Jan. 9, after her vehicle collided with another car on Spring Place Road.
Investigation continues in that crash as well, according to officials.