Tragic wreck kills woman driver on
Walker Road, Ford Ranger strikes a tree

Upper West Fork firemen work to extract victim

Calhoun had the first auto fatality of 2007 early Saturday morning when a pick-up truck struck a tree along Walker Road.

The driver, described as a 21-year-old female, was dead at the scene, according to the Upper West Fork Volunteer Fire Department.

Firemen worked for a considerable time extracting the victim from underneath the vehicle following the 1:23 a.m. accident.

The accident happened about two miles from State Rt. 16.

Her identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, according to Calhoun Sheriff Carl Ballengee.

The Ford Ranger truck apparently went out of control, the wreckage wrapped around a tree. Sheriff Ballengee said the truck appeared to be traveling at an "excessive speed."

Ballengee said despite snow mixed with rain, the roadway did not appear to be slippery.

Calhoun EMS also responded to the scene. The Medical Examiner was also notified.

Emergency services on scene for three hours early today