Clayton Homes co-founder dies in Tennessee helicopter crash

from Knox. Police

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Relatives say a co-founder of Clayton Homes was killed when a helicopter crashed into the Tennessee River.

A Knoxville Fire Department spokesman says three others escaped the wreckage late Monday and were rescued by a pontoon boat on the river.

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They refused medical treatment.

Jim Clayton identified his brother and business partner Joe Clayton as the person who died.

The brothers co-founded Maryville, Tennessee-based homebuilder Clayton Homes.

The company builds and sells traditional site-built homes, modular homes, manufactured homes, tiny homes, college dormitories, military barracks and apartments.

The National Transportation Safety Board is determining the cause of the crash.

Joe and Jim Clayton