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A Cumberland County man died Sunday night on a remote county road southwest of Crossville, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The accident scene was discovered by a passerby and apparently there were no witnesses to the accident.

A rural Cumberland County man was found dead in the wreckage of his vehicle — partially ejected — after a passerby discovered the crash scene around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

John H. Hunter, 36, Pomona Rd., had been dead for an unknown length of time when emergency workers arrived on the scene Lowe Rd., about four miles off Taylor's Chapel Rd. Trooper David Jones said it appeared Hunter was traveling toward Taylor's Chapel Rd. when he lost control of his 1987 Subaru stationwagon.

Hunter's car traveled off the left side of the road and into an electric fence, reentered the road spinning backwards and off the right side, striking an embankment and overturning, leaving Hunter who was not wearing a seat belt, partially ejected through the driver's side window, Jones reported.

Cumberland County fire, ambulance and sheriff's department responded to the scene along with THP. Air bags were used by the fire department to raise the vehicle to allow Hunter's body to be freed from beneath the wreckage.

Trooper Jones noted in his report that in his opinion, use of a seat belt would have made a difference in the outcome of the crash. Both alcohol and drug tests were ordered.