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Mail carrier killed in Wilson Co. crash

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A mail carrier in Wilson County on his route was killed in a head-on collision Friday afternoon.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, two vehicles struck head-on around noon on a curve in the road along Walter Morris Road near Conatser Road.

Joseph Grandstaff, 62, of Old Hickory, died when his 1991 Dodge Spirit collided with a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Robert Bryan, 20, of Lebanon, according to THP reports.

Grandstaff was on his route when he was struck. Neighbor Lyn Riley said she's very concerned about the narrow curve where the crash happened.

"The trees and the growth of the trees on the fence line have grown up so much that it actually hinders our view," Riley explained. "The fences are so close to the road."

Bryan was injured in the crash. He was treated and released from Vanderbilt.

THP officials said Bryan is the 20-year-old son of current Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan.

In a statement, Bryan and his son said they are asking for prayers for the victim's family and their own.

"I just hate it for the Bryan family and their son," said Grandstaff's daughter, Delayne Davenport. "He is very young, and it's something he's going to have to live with. There are no hard feelings. It was just an accident. It was just his time to go. God was ready for him to come home."

Family members told Channel 4 Grandstaff had been a postal worker for 30 years and knew everyone on his 100-mile route.

"He would stop on his route to go see people, especially the older folks on his route," said Grandstaff. "I would hope that would be something that could always be remembered is that he was always just a good-hearted guy."

Because Grandstaff was working his mail route at the time of the crash, he was on the passenger side of the vehicle and not wearing a seatbelt.

Grandstaff is survived by a wife, two children, and three grandchildren. Funeral and visitation arrangements have yet to be made. 

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