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S.C. man killed, children injured in I-40 crash
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A Greenville, S.C., man was killed and two children injured early Monday when their vehicle veered off Interstate 40, went airborne and crashed in Cocke County.

Neither of the children, 5-year-old Riley Hartman and 4-year-old Mason Hartman, also of Greenville, were secured in child restraint devices as required by state law, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report by Trooper Eric Raines.

Authorities identified the deceased driver as Scott R. Hartman, 37. Hartman was not wearing a seat belt.

The report does not identify the relationship between Hartman and the children.

The extent of injuries to the children was unclear. In Raines' opinion, child restraints would have made a difference.

According to THP, Hartman was driving a 2008 four-door Saturn about 12:40 a.m. westbound on I-40. The car went off the right side of the highway, hit a guardrail and continued down an embankment. It went airborne over Big Creek Road, according to THP.

Hartman and Riley Hartman were ejected in the crash. The Saturn came to a rest on its wheels between I-40 and the interstate's 447 ramp.

Tests will be conducted to see if Hartman had consumed drugs or alcohol, according to THP.


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