A Warren County High School senior lost her life in a single-vehicle crash Thursday night.
Caitlyn Sierra Talley, 17, was ejected and died at the scene, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The crash happened around 11:45 p.m. on Highway 30 (Spencer Highway.) Talley was a back-seat passenger in a four-door Chevy Z71 pickup that was traveling toward McMinnville.
The pickup, driven by Cory F. Tate, 23, reportedly failed to negotiate a curve and drove off the left side of the road as it approached the Shellsford Road intersection. The pickup struck several trees and flipped.
Tate was airlifted to Erlanger from the scene. His front-seat passenger and younger brother, Dakota J. Tate, 20, was transported to Erlanger by private vehicle.
Both front-seat passengers were reportedly unconscious at the scene for an unknown period of time. When they regained consciousness, they couldn’t locate a cellphone in the wreckage and were somewhat disoriented.
It took nearly two hours to wander to a nearby home, get someone to answer the door, and then find the wreck in the darkness. Warren County 911 received the call around 1:30 a.m.
The Highway Patrol believes alcohol was involved and an investigation is under way. State trooper Rodney Whiles says none of the occupants were wearing seatbelts. He said the front-seat passengers were helped by the deployment of airbags.