Mississippi man dies in Tennessee motorcycle wreck near ‘The Dragon’

Published 4:06 pm Wednesday, September 4, 2019

A Mississippi man was killed Tuesday after crashing his motorcycle in Tennessee near a stretch of twisting road known as the “Tail of the Dragon.”

Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong reported the death of 69-year-old Eugene David Tice, Jr., of Myrtle, Mississippi.

Tice and his wife, Susie, were riding a 2019 Harley Davidson trike on Calderwood Highway (U.S. Highway 129) Tuesday afternoon when he struck a guardrail in a turn and road along it for approximately 20 feet before re-entering the roadway and over-correcting his trike, causing it to roll over, throwing both Tices from the bike.

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Eugene Tice was taken to a local hospital where he died a short time later from his injuries. His wife was also hospitalized and was in stable, but critical condition.

The accident occurred just north of a stretch of highway known as the “Tail of the Dragon.” It’s a popular destination for car and motorcycle enthusiasts because of it’s twisting challenges.

The 11-mile stretch of road encompasses 318 curves. The high number of accidents has prompted the creation of the Tree of Shame at the Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort. The “tree” is covered by parts of motorcycles that have crashed along the route or been “bitten by The Dragon.”