A charred piece of ground and scorched vegetation mark the site of a fatal accident near Oneida's Main Street on Saturday, July 26. (Independent Herald photo/Ben Garrett)
A charred piece of ground and scorched vegetation mark the site of a fatal accident near Oneida's Main Street on Saturday, July 26. (Independent Herald photo/Ben Garrett)
The approximate path that a Chevy Impala took before crashing into a fence and bursting into flames, based on reports from witnesses at the scene. (Map source: Google Earth.)
The approximate path that a Chevy Impala took before crashing into a fence and bursting into flames, based on reports from witnesses at the scene. (Map source: Google Earth. Click to enlarge.)

A bizarre accident claimed the life of a 55-year-old Oneida man early Saturday morning.Johnny Chambers, 55, of Oneida, died after the car he was driving left the roadway near Oneida's Main Street and burst into flames.

Details remained sketchy Monday morning, as the Tennessee Highway Patrol declined to release information, citing the ongoing investigation into the nature of the crash.

While it did not immediately appear that foul play factored into the crash, Oneida Chief of Police Darryl Laxton said that his department turned the investigation over to THP due to the fact that it was a fatality and due to the unusual circumstances surrounding the crash.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Impalas have a recall right now: if they leave the road, a heavy keychain on your key could cause the key to slide out of the ignition disabling power steering and brakes. Fyi- if this model is part of the recall, may be worth noting.