THP: 3 hurt, 1 charged after Claxton crash

An accident last week in Claxton injured three people and left one man facing charges. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the accident happened Thursday, February 17th shortly before 7 pm near Bull Run Road and Highway 25. The THP says that a Jeep Grand Cherokee crossed over the centerline and collided with a Dodge Ram pickup truck, injuring the driver of the Jeep and his passenger, but not the driver of the pickup. The Jeep was struck from behind by a Ford Escape. The driver of the Ford was injured in the crash, according to the THP, but the seven-month-old child inside that car was not hurt.

A fourth vehicle, a Mercedes, was struck by debris from the collision.

THP says that the driver of the Jeep was identified as Robert Tapp, and that he was charged with DUI, driving on a suspended license, failing to maintain his lane of travel and violations of the insurance and registration laws.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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