A 32-year-old woman from Bellevue was killed in a car crash on Highway 100 this morning. The accident occurred at approximately 7:40 a.m. according to police reports. The woman's Honda Accord was traveling eastbound on Highway 100 in West Nashville when it crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a Hummer.
Although the facts of this particular accident are still under investigation, lane drift is a common contributing factor to many car accidents. Lane drift can have various causes including driver distraction, slick roads, overcorrected vehicles, and driver intoxication. The most deadly type of lane drift occurs when a car crosses into oncoming traffic, which is what happened in this morning's crash.
The 44-year-old Franklin woman driving the Hummer was rushed to St. Thomas Hospital. She received treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
The negligent maintenance of a vehicle can also contribute to a car accident. Poorly maintained vehicles may lack the appropriate safety features to protect passengers in the event of a crash or may unexpectedly break down while being driven on a highway. Debris from poorly maintained cars and trucks may also become a hazard to other motorists.
Authorities have not determined the cause of the accident, but said that the woman driving the Honda may have been driving with a flat rear tire. It is unclear whether this contributed to her failure to stay in her lane.
The accident caused Highway 100 to be closed for several hours around the 9000 block, WTVF-TV reports. Traffic was rerouted because investigators had to reconstruct the crash.
Police have not released the victim's name because they are still trying to locate her family.
Source: News Channel 5 WTVF-TV, "Woman Killed In Crash On Highway 100," 4/21/11