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By Chris Gregory, Managing Editor

A Red Boiling Springs man was killed early Wednesday morning in a head-on collision on Highway 10 in Trousdale County.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the deceased man as Stevie Barton, 38. The crash occurred near the intersection of Highway 10 and Old Highway 10.

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EMA officials work to clear the scene after a fatal crash on Highway 10 on Wednesday.

According to THP Trooper Danny Fisher, Barton was driving a 2002 Nissan Sentra southbound on Highway 10 around 5:30 a.m. and had just crossed the county line between Trousdale and Macon, when he was hit head-on by a 2002 Dodge Ram driven by Timothy Austin Scruggs, 23, of Castalian Springs.

Trousdale County EMA, Rescue Squad, Volunteer Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department officials responded to the scene. THP also arrived to investigate the crash.

According to THP, Scruggs, who was driving northbound on Highway 10, told first responders that he had fallen asleep behind the wheel and had crossed the center line. Scruggs was taken by ambulance to Skyline Medical Center for evaluation.

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The driver of this truck reportedly fell asleep at the wheel, leading to Wednesday’s crash.

Trousdale EMA Director Matt Batey told The Vidette that Scruggs was “awake and alert” and showed no signs of serious injury, but did complain of back pain.

Scruggs reportedly told responders he had been ejected from his truck, but EMA officials said it appeared he had rolled out of the truck after it came to a stop. THP said Scruggs was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.

THP Trooper Fisher told The Vidette the investigation would be turned over to the District Attorney’s office for a decision on whether Scruggs would face charges.

As of 10:45 a.m., the crash site had not been completely cleared and that section of Highway 10 remained closed.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com.