During the month of May, three people have died in Bradley County due to fatal crashes.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol reports, the crash occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. as the vehicle traveled north near mile marker 31.
Reports indicated the driver of the vehicle was killed after his 1990s model Acura left the roadway, traveled down an embankment and struck two trees.
The car overturned.
THP reports also noted that neither the driver nor his female passenger were restrained.
Bradley County Emergency Medical Service paramedics reported the driver, who appeared to be in his 50’s, was dead at the scene. The 53-year-old female was transported to SkyRidge Medical Center and, according to THP reports, later transferred to Erlanger Medical Center for treatment.
Assisting at the scene were the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Bradley County Fire-Rescue, Cleveland Fire Department and the Bradley County Medical Examiner’s Office.
THP troopers Jimmy Bates and Trey Seymour worked the crash scene.
Names of the victims, who appeared to be from West Virginia, have not been released pending notification of next of kin.
The Memorial Day fatality raises Bradley County’s traffic death toll to six this year.
n The Tennessee Department of Safety has released traffic statistics for the Memorial weekend, and seven reported fatalities. This includes the I-75 crash above in Bradley County.
Six of the fatalities were in single-vehicle accidents, with one involving multiple vehicles.
Additional fatalities were recorded in Sullivan, Haywood, Sevier, Washington, Fayette and Scott counties.
The highest number of Memorial Day fatalities was in 1973 when 26 people died in traffic crashes over the 78-hour holiday period. The least number of fatalities was in 2002 when five people were killed.