Her name and age have not been released pending notification of family members, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Phillip Reagan.
Reagan is in charge of the crash investigation and according to his initial observation, the woman’s vehicle left the roadway and struck an embankment, causing the car to overturn several times.
Reagan believed the woman was not properly restrained by a seat belt prior to the crash.
She was ejected from the vehicle.
According to Bradley County 911 reports, the crash was reported at 5:22 this morning when a motorist noticed a vehicle was off the roadway near Beeler Ridge Road.
The car was on its top about 30 feet off the roadway, and the victim had been ejected, reports stated.
Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted CPR on the victim. LifeForce helicopter service was grounded due to rainy conditions. Bradley County Emergency Medical Service paramedics arrived on the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead, according to the report.
“This is the first [local] traffic fatality of 2013,” said Capt. W.G. Campbell of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
“Our department will be aggressively working to cut down on fatal or life-changing crashes. We will always be watching for lack of seat belt use and making sure drivers are vigilant and pay attention while driving,” Campbell.
In 2012, 23 people died on roadways in Bradley County.