UPDATE: One dead, three injured after driver crashes into CARTA bus on Shallowford Road
Chattanooga Police responded to a deadly crash off Shallowford Road near I-75 Friday morning around 6:30. The crash involved a Lincoln Town car and Carta bus.
The name of the woman killed in the crash is 23-year-old Alicia Nazario.
A 48-year-old woman, Erica Mayweather, was driving the bus.
Police say video from the bus shows the car out-of-control after exiting Interstate 75 onto Shallowford Road, and then fishtailing into the front of the bus.
Nazario was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
When police responded to the crash scene on Shallowford Road, everyone involved was still trapped inside the two vehicles.
Shortly after, Hamilton County EMS pronounced Alicia Nazario, the driver of the Lincoln Town car, dead on the scene.
Chattanooga PD Sergeant Michael Ortel said, "Also in the vehicle, was a small child that was transported to TC Thompson."
We are told that a small child was in a car seat at the time of the accident and is expected to survive.
"My understanding is that it was a precautionary check for the child just because of the circumstances around the accident,” Ortel told us.
CARTA released a statement saying their bus driver, Erica Mayweather, was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries.
"There were two passengers in the Carta bus, including the driver,” Ortel said, “A passenger and the driver were transported to the hospital."
The road was closed for more than three hours while first responders cleared it.
The scene of the crash was just half a mile from the location of another deadly crash two weeks ago.
Ortel believes, "It's completely random at this point. I don't think there's any connections to the two other than just random connection."
It's not clear what caused Nazario to lose control of her car, but the seriousness of the crash is prompting law enforcement to encourage other drivers to be safe.
"I would encourage all drivers as always, especially during morning rush hour traffic to watch out for their speed, watch out for other drivers. Everyone is trying to get somewhere safely and we come up on the holiday seasons, safety should be important to everyone,” Ortel said.
Chattanooga traffic investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has information to call the Chattanooga Police Department.
PREVIOUS STORY: The Chattanooga Police Department has released details on the deadly Shallowford Road crash that happened on the morning of November 22.
According to police, a Lincoln car driven by Alicia Wright Nazario, 23, was exiting Interstate 75 north onto Shallowford Road east when it fishtailed into the front of a CARTA bus that was traveling west.
Nazario was pronounced dead at the scene by Hamilton County EMS and a second passenger was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
Erica Mayweather, the driver of the CARTA bus, and a passenger were also taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
PREVIOUS STORY: All lanes are open after a deadly crash on Shallowford Road. Veronica Peebles, spokesperson for CARTA tells us the driver of the bus was taken to the hospital.
CARTA's full statement:
"Our driver was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries. Our driver was traveling inbound to downtown from Hamilton Place Mall when the accident occurred this morning, and we are still awaiting confirmation as to whether or not there were any passengers on the bus. We understand there were witnesses, but do not know if they were actual passengers. We were informed that the fatality was the driver of the other vehicle that was involved in the accident."
PREVIOUS STORY: One person had died in a crash involving a CARTA bus and a car.
Chattanooga Police were called to the scene in the 7100 block of Shallowford Road around 6:30 Friday morning.
CPD says both lanes will be shut down for several hours on Shallowford Rd near I-75.
We have reached out to CARTA. A spokesperson tells us "no comment at this time. They are working with the police."