A Clarksville woman was taken by ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville early Sunday after the driver of a car in which she was riding fell asleep, and the vehicle rolled, went airborne, and struck a series of objects on South Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge, including a tree and utility pole, authorities said.
The 2011 Toyota Camry four-door sedan was headed north in the right-hand lane of South Illinois Avenue at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday when it first struck a right-hand curb at Centrifuge Way, the former Boeing Road, an Oak Ridge Police Department crash report said. The car then entered a median, rolled over onto its passenger side, struck a utility pole and an embankment, and became airborne, the report said. The vehicle then struck a second curb, became airborne again, struck a tree and embankment at the same time, and came to rest at the bottom of a second embankment.
The passenger, Akiya N. Akiens, 31, of Clarksville, was taken to the UT hospital. Akiens is listed as the vehicle owner in the report.
The driver, Joshua L. Mitchell, 22, of Chattanooga, said he had fallen asleep, ORPD Patrolman Kyle Scott said in the crash report.
Both driver and passenger were wearing shoulder and lap belts, and both were trapped or extricated, according to the crash report. Both had injuries, the report said. Air bags deployed, and there were no signs of drugs or alcohol, the report said.
Mitchell was not taken to a hospital.
More information will be added as it becomes available.