No injuries were reported after a car crashed off the side of the road above the Clinch River on Melton Lake Drive near Rivers Run Boulevard on Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The Oak Ridge Police Department reported that the single occupant of the vehicle was able to get out of the car on his own before officers arrived.
Pictures posted by the ORPD showed the car off the road, over the Melton Lake greenway, and a short distance down the embankment leading down to the Clinch River.
About two years ago, a van that crashed off Melton Lake Drive at the crest of a hill on a curved section between Rivers Run and Rolling Links boulevards plunged down the steep hillside and into the Clinch River after a tow cable snapped. That van, which was hung up on rocks and trees, was in trees about 25 feet off the road when the tow truck arrived. Authorities estimated it’s about 100 feet down the embankment in that area, and the slope is steep enough there that you can’t see the bottom from the top.
The Oak Ridge Police Department diverted Melton Lake Drive traffic for about an hour on Friday afternoon as they investigated and cleaned up after the car crash.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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