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Two Tennessee officers dead in helicopter crash

WHITESIDE, Tenn. — Two Tennessee regulation enforcement officers died when their helicopter hit energy strains and crashed in a wooded space. The strains fell throughout an interstate and lanes of the freeway have been shut down as first responders appeared for the crash web site, officers mentioned.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Lee Russell of the Aviation Division and Marion County Sheriff’s Department Detective Matt Blansett have been killed in the crash Tuesday afternoon in Marion County, the state Department of Safety and Homeland Security mentioned.

Law enforcement officers put together for a information convention in Whiteside, Tennessee.
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Marion County Sheriff’s Department Detective Matt Blansett died in the fatal helicopter crash.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office Det. Matt Blansett died in the deadly helicopter crash.
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Marion County Sheriff's Office Deputy and Marion County Commissioner Matt Blansett
Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Lee Russell was killed in the helicopter crash.
Tennessee HighWay Patrol
The Tennessee Department of Transportation reported the law enforcement helicopter had clipped a power line.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation reported the regulation enforcement helicopter had clipped an influence line.
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Highway Patrol Capt. Travis Plotzer mentioned the National Transportation Safety Board was main an investigation.

The helicopter hit energy strains on Aetna Mountain close to Whiteside, Tennessee, inflicting the strains to fall throughout Interstate 24, officers mentioned.

Motorist Dan Hostetler advised WVLT-TV he noticed a black helicopter flying in circles earlier than he narrowly missed getting hit by {the electrical} cables.

Police arrive at the scene of the fatal helicopter crash in Whiteside, Tennessee on August 23, 2022.
Police arrive on the scene of the deadly helicopter crash in Whiteside, Tennessee, on August 23, 2022.
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Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Lee Russell is seen with a helicopter.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Lee Russell is seen subsequent to a helicopter.
West Tennessee Drug Task Force
SGT. Lee Russell of the Tennessee Highway Patrol
Authorities are presently investigating if the helicopter malfunctioned.
West Tennessee Drug Task Force

“It kind of dipped a little bit and waggled a little bit, then there was a bright flash of light and puff of smoke, and it hit one of the power lines that went across the highway, and sure enough the power lines started gliding down toward me and all I could think was it’s going to land on top of me,” Hostetler mentioned. “I slammed on the brakes and stopped about two car lengths from the line.”

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