UPDATE: Blackman Students Killed & Injured in Crash

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Johntae Adams, 16, was one of two teens killed and three others injured in a weekend crash on Dilton Mankin Road.

One of the two teens killed in the crash that also injured three other Blackman High School students has been identified by his family.

Sixteen-year old Johntae Adams passed away in the crash, according to his father Theodore. The family also lost a son three years ago at the age of 18.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.


Officials have not publicly identified the second student killed, but several classmates and parents told NewsChannel 5 it was Ethan Economy.

A memorial page on Facebook has been set up by a family member saying, "Ethan was well-loved by so many."


Family members also say 17-year-old Trae Swader was one of three students seriously hurt in a car crash. He underwent surgery on Sunday at Vanderbilt Medical Center for a broken back.

The two others injured are back home recovering from their injuries. One was even at the vigil held at Blackman High School. All of the young men involved were members of the high school's football team.

Tennessee Highway Patrol is handling the investigation surrounding the cause of the crash. They haven't released details of the crash at this point, nor have they identified any of those involved.


Two teens died in a Saturday (7/15/17) morning accident in Rutherford County. The wreck occurred around 3:30AM in the morning.

Apparently, the car ran off the roadway and into a creek near the Dilton Mankin Road and Wilson Overall Road intersection.

Life Flight helicopter flew at least one other teen to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. A 4th and possibly 5th teenager believed to be in the car were also injured. However, the Tennessee Highway Patrol has yet to verify details as the instigation remains open and ongoing.

Saturday night 8:30PM Prayer Vigil:

For those affected by the loss, a prayer vigil will be held at The Experience Church Saturday (7/15/2017) night at 8:30PM. The church is at 521 Old Salem Road in the historic old factory building.

Sunday evening 5-7PM Prayer Vigil:

A second vigil will be held on Sunday evening from 5:00 to 7:00PM at Blackman High School, 3956 Blaze Drive.

Rutherford County School's Community Relations Coordinator James Evans stated, "Blackman High School will host the Sunday evening vigil for students who were involved in the serious automobile wreck. Students, employees, parents and members of the community are welcome to attend. Out of respect for the families' privacy, the school district cannot release specifics about the medical information regarding the students or the circumstances of the wreck."

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