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UPDATE: Morning crash claims teen's life

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UPDATE:The Chattanooga Police Department tells Channel 3 that the teen-aged passenger in this morning's crash on Lower Mill road has died from injuries sustained in the crash

The other teen is in critical condition after the single vehicle crash, which closed down a section of Lower Mill Road Thursday morning.

The road has since been re-opened.

Police say the driver lost control of the vehicle, and struck a tree just off the roadway.

The road, wet with rain and with many curves, has no shoulder and there are wet leaves along the edge of the roadway. Police are investigating what led up to the crash.

"The curve right there, you add that with wet roads and a little bit of speed, you can lose control. Even if the roads aren't wet at all, coming around a curve, you can lose traction pretty easily," said Officer Tim McFarland.

The two teens, a male and a female, were transported to a Erlanger for examination and treatment.

In December 2012, a woman in her twenties was killed when her car left the road and struck a tree in the same spot as Thursday's wreck. In November 2013, a man in his twenties died when he also crashed down an embankment not far down the road.

"The speed is posted but a lot of people don't pay attention to the speed signs. Guardrails would probably help," said Gary Evans who lives off the road. "It's pretty dangerous. Especially when you have wet pavement and leaves."

A representative with the City's Transportation Department said they'll begin looking into the situation at Lower Mill Road "pronto," adding they'll study what would work best for that neighborhood with that volume of traffic. She said they'll look into all options including guardrails and speedbumps.

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