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Traffic fatality on Highway 58


The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 9200 block of Highway 58 earlier this evening at approximately 6:47 p.m. on a traffic crash involving two vehicles. The crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 58 and Mahan Gap road.

The first vehicle was found to be a 2000 Honda driven by Rhonda L. Morgan w/f age 23, of an Ooltewah address. The second vehicle involved was a 2001 Chevrolet truck, driven by Vernon Norwood w/m age 67 of Illinois. Ms. Morgan was stopped at the intersection of Mahan Gap road and 58 Highway before she pulled out into the path of Mr. Norwood, who was traveling northbound on Highway 58.

Mr. Norwood was transported to Erlanger Hospital by Hamilton County Emergency Services and thought to have non-life threatening injuries. Ms. Morgan was pronounced D.O.A. at the scene.

The traffic investigation is on-going and being handled by Deputy Todd Cook, Traffic Investigator with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Janice Atkinson
Public Information Officer
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

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