According to Tennessee Highway Patrol reports, Lacey C. Allen was not wearing a seat belt when her vehicle left the roadway.
THP trooper Cameron Azbill said in his report Allen’s vehicle, a 2006 Pontiac, left the road near Exit 33 northbound, traveled down a slight embankment for approximately 100 yards and then struck the supports for the TDOT Fog Warning systems sign. The vehicle then spun sideways and came to a rest near the supports.
Bradley County Fire Rescue, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Charleston Police and Bradley County Emergency Medical Service paramedics rushed to the scene to try to aid the victim.
BCFR personnel reportedly had to douse flames under the vehicle’s hood.
Azbill’s report indicated Allen was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Allen’s death Thursday is the third traffic-related fatality in Bradley County and the city of Cleveland this year.
“This was a tragic crash and we urge all motorists to buckle up and be safe. Lives can be changed in an instant,” said Lt. W.G. Campbell of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit.
Allen’s funeral arrangements are being handled by Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory.