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Father & son among four killed in Marion County crash

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JASPER, MARION COUNTY (WRCB)-- It was a horrific scene in Marion County as a car crashed on its top, killing four men.

The crash happened late Saturday night on Highway 27. Among the dead are a father and his son.

This accident has hit the Jasper and Whitwell communities hard. Investigators say no one could have survived this crash.

As one can imagine the victims' friends have spent their Sunday in shock.

Orange spray paint marks the path where 42-year-old Terry Alder's 1995 Ford Mustang left the road, crashing and flipping into a culvert off Highway 27 near Jasper.

Paint also marks the spots where his son, 21-year-old Terry Alder Jr., 48-year-old Barry Wilson, and 48-year-old Victor Poe came to rest, after they were ejected from the vehicle.

"They were real close friends," says Jon Harris.

Jon Harris was life-long friends with the four men who passed away.

He lives just up the road from the Kimball tire shop Terry and his son ran.

"I just don't understand it," Harris says. "I don't see how it could happen, not losing four lives."

"I seen the pictures and I didn't know what to think," says Jay Harris.

Jay Harris worked at the Alder's tire shop from time to time.

He still has the text message on his phone from Alder Senior's nephew telling him his uncle, cousin and their two friends were gone.

"He'd give you the shirt off his back," he says. "They were real nice people."

"He helped me out a bunch of times," Jay says. "Whenever I needed work and stuff, he'd put me to work down there at his tire shop."

Family and friends, too distraught to go on camera, stopped by the crash scene Sunday. Many of them were in disbelief at what happened.

A report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Alder was traveling north on 27 at a high rate of speed, when his Mustang left the right side of the road.

He then over-corrected, sending the car into the ditch.  It flipped multiple times, crashing just about a mile from the Alder's house.

All four men were pronounced dead at the scene.

Jon Harris says the family needs support right now.

"I know they're having a hard time, struggling right now and all," he says. "Just everybody pray for them and wish them well."

Channel 3 spoke to Terry Senior's sister over the phone. She says the family spent Sunday planning the funerals.

The accident report says drugs and alcohol were not factors.

Terry Jr. was the only passenger wearing a seatbelt. Investigators believe even if the other passengers were buckled up, it would not have made a difference.

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