Fiery Single-Vehicle Wreck on Hwy 58 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Tragically Kills Driver
CHATTANOOGA, TN. – According to an online news report published at newschannel9.com, a fiery single-vehicle wreck that happened on Tennessee Highway 58 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, resulted in the tragic death of the vehicle’s driver. The Chattanooga Police Department is investigating the accident, and officers are still trying to determine what happened. Officials have released identifying information on the victim.*
The accident happened in the early morning between Eastwood Road and Hughes Lane on Highway 58. The Chattanooga Police Department and News Channel 9 report that at approximately 3 a.m., a vehicle traveling northbound on the highway somehow veered from the roadway near O’Reilly Auto Parts. The vehicle then drove through the grass alongside the highway and ended up crashing into an embankment made of cement.
After impact, the vehicle rolled onto its roof and caught on fire. It is not clear what type of vehicle it was, as no make and model information was reported. Authorities did not say what might have caused the driver to leave the roadway or what factors they might be investigating as contributing to the wreck.
An unnamed witness reportedly told News Channel 9 that he or she tried to pull the driver out of the vehicle before emergency responders arrived but was unable before the vehicle caught on fire. Responders then tried to free the driver but were also unable, the report says. News Channel 9 reports that the driver tragically died at the scene. He was identified as a 51-year-old man. It does not appear anyone else was riding in the vehicle when it crashed.
After the crash, the Chattanooga Police Department posted a message to social media encouraging drivers to avoid the area, as the northbound lanes were closed. Officers are still investigating and request that anyone with information call the department at (423) 698-2525.
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