Friends demand answers after man dies in wreck

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis man died in a bizarre car accident Friday morning when he slammed into a hydraulic lift and landed in a nearby woods.

Memphis police said the accident happened early Friday morning, as Travis Clayborn was driving his 1884 Cutlass Supreme on South Third.  Clayborn, who was driving faster than the 35mph speed limit, clipped the side of a hydraulic lift parked in the right lane of the road.

Clayborn was thrown from his car in the accident, and died a short time later.

Investigators were baffled at how Clayborn apparently missed construction signs, orange cones and a blinking arrow set up to direct traffic around the left.

LaKesha Brodnee, a friend of Clayborn's said she wanted to know who was in charge of the lift, and why it was parked in the street.

"I just don't understand it," she said.  "Why would they leave a crane, or whatever it is, in the middle of the street?  I don't care what they was working on.  They could've waited.  The could've moved it right up in here somewhere."

Brodnee pleaded for witnesses who might have seen what happened to call police.

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