Perryville man dies in Tennessee motorcycle crash

BLOUNT COUNTY, TENN. - A Missouri motorcyclist was killed and a motorcyclist from Texas was injured after a weekend crash on the stretch of Hwy 129 known as "The Tail of the Dragon."

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Phillip Paul Polito, 29, of Perryville, Missouri, and Kevin Lee Diepenbrock, 41, of Greenville, Texas, were traveling south on the Dragon on Saturday.

Around 10 a.m. at the 3 1/2 milemarker, Polito hit the brakes. Diepenbrock, who was traveling behind him, tried to slow down but hit the other bike in the rear, causing both riders to go off the road and down an embankment.

It would be more than 24 hours before a passerby noticed the accident and reported it, around 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Polito was killed in the accident, but Diepenbrock survived.

Both men were wearing helmets.

The Tail of the Dragon, located in Blount County, Tennessee, and traveling into North Carolina, is extremely popular with motorcyclists because of its many twists and turns.


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