Wednesday, February 26 2014, 07:01 PM EST
Teenager Dies in Morning Wreck in McMinn County
A teenager in McMinn County dies after being thrown from her car as it rolled off a state highway.
"There's been quiet a few people that have lost their lives here," said Rick Shore.
Shore lives two houses down from where the young girl died in a violent car wreck.
"The looks of that accident there, man I hope I'm never in an accident like that," said Shore.
Investigators tell us she was heading North on Highway 307 in McMinn county when her car went off the road.
"[She] hit an embankment, traveled several feet before she rolled two or three times and struck a tree while she was airborne," said John Irwin, a Trooper with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Irwin says she wasn't wearing a seat belt.
She was tossed from her green sedan, landing about 60 feet away from her car.
"It looks like a high rate of speed," said Irwin, "lost control and ran off the right side of the road."
Shore says this stretch of road can be dangerous if you're not paying attention or swerve just the slightest.
"It's narrow, there's no shoulder," said Shore, "so if your tire drops off the edge, you're going in the ditch."
He recommends drivers be extra careful and slow down to the posted 45 mile per hour speed limit.
"I know it seems like a snails pace when you're on it, but the way the road is made with no shoulders, that's the safest way to be," said Shore.
Shore says he can't imagine how the family must feel, seeing that the only thing coming home from the wreck is the drivers purse.
"Thoughts and prayers to the families and everyone involved in that," said Shore shaking his head.