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Man dies in early morning crash

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A one-car early morning crash near the Shell Station at Red River Road claimed the life of one man and sent another resident to an area hospital Monday. Police say "extremely high speed" was to blame.

According to Gallatin Police Lt. Bill Vahldiek, officers arrived on the scene around 12: 41 a.m. Monday and found that the vehicle, driven by Keith Harper, 35 of Gallatin, had "jumped" or crossed the railroad track at a high rate of speed.

"That caused the vehicle to go airborne and strike a steel pole," Vahldiek said.

Harper was pronounced dead at the scene. A 34-year-old female passenger, Saytoa Taylor of Gallatin, was taken to Skyline Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries and released later that morning, he said.

Vahldiek said toxicology tests were performed and will be sent to labs, with test results coming at a later date.

"Right now we have no suspicion of any intoxicants, but it is under investigation," he said. "It's mandatory with any serious injury or fatality."

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