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N’shore wreck sends one to hospitial

A Lenoir City woman was transported to The University of Tennessee Medical Center after the car she was driving flipped onto its top on the west Northshore Drive bridge early Monday morning.

Bethany R. Fritts, 21, was traveling west on Northshore Drive, just east of the Concord Marina, when, at 12:56 a.m., her white 2006 Mazda struck the bridge over Fort Loudoun Lake.

Martha Dooley, spokesperson for Knox County Sheriff’s Office, said, “The car went off the edge of the pavement, hit the abutment of the bridge and flipped, landing on its top.”

Dooley said there were no passengers in the car and no other vehicles were involved.

The KCSO report stated that Fritts was attempting to negotiate the curve onto the bridge when her car struck the guardrail. Alcohol was not listed as a factor in the collision. Fritts’ airbag did deploy and she was not ejected from the vehicle.

Fritts was transported by Rural Metro Ambulance Service to UT Medical Center.

Jim Ragonese, spokesman for UT, said that she was “released [later Monday morning].” KCSO officers estimated the damage to Fritts’ car to be severe, more than $400 and not limited to any one area of the vehicle.

The bridge, which is currently under construction, is one of five Knoxville bridges recently rated “poor” in a 2006 report from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

TDOT’s report cited several structural issues that needed to be addressed including cracks in several beams, substandard bridgerails and embankment repair.

However, the KCSO report did not cite either the construction or the bridge’s deficiencies as relevant to the crash.

Dooley said there are no charges pending at this time.

Telephone calls to Fritts were not returned as of press time.


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