Family and community remembers Jefferson County teens

Josh Billington (left) and Jean Luke Lane were killed early Thursday morning when the car they were in spun into oncoming traffic on I-40 and was hit by a Chevrolet Silverado.
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Jean-Luke Lane and Joshua Bullington, both from White Pine, died in the crash.

They lost control of their Honda Accord in heavy rain, crossed the median, and slammed into a Chevy Silverado. The driver of the truck is at UT Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

Lane's mom told Local 8 News that he was their only son, and the light of their lives. More than a dozen friends and family visited their home to their respects.

Lane and Bullington were only 18 years old, and just five months ago graduated from high school.

"It's really hard, it's hard to say anything right now," said Brandon Lane, Jean-Luke's father.

Police woke Brandon Lane and his wife up at 5:30 in the morning to deliver the unthinkable news.

"It's the hardest day I've ever had in my life. I'm gonna miss him so much," said Lane.

Jean-Luke Lane and Joshua Bullington grew up together in White Pine, and went to Jefferson County High School.

Assistant Principal John Cagle pulled out the 2011 yearbook when he found out about the accident.

"I wanna cry and I wanna lament like the kids. And I'm struggling with answers," said Cagle.

Lane was number 23 on the football team, a sport he loved and played alongside teammates he thought of as his brothers.

Josh Bullington carried the flag and led the fan section at every game. He was also voted the student with the most school spirit.

"Josh would paint up on Friday nights, and support Jean-Luke and the rest of the team," said Cagle.

Bullington also taught himself how to tap-dance for the senior play, and was editor-in-chief of the yearbook you see in Cagle's hands.

"These were two role models. These are kids we pointed out to others saying they are doing things the Patriot way," said Cagle.

"I love him, I always will love him, I couldn't ask for a better son ever," said Lane.

Lane was badly hurt in a head-on collision last year after his junior year. But his dad says his determination and winning attitude helped him not only heal faster, but also get back on the football field for senior year.

The Patriots have one more home game this year, and Cagle says the school is thinking about ways to honor the two.

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