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Woman dies in afternoon wreck

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- Authorities say there was no indication of an attempt by a driver killed Tuesday to stop her car before it hit a tree.

The 47-year-old woman driver from the Albany area died when she crashed her 2006 Ford Focus on the 3600 block of Radium Springs Road at around noon on Tuesday. The woman, who was not identified by the Dougherty County Police Department pending notification of next of kin, was reported to have been traveling south on Radium Springs Road when her car ran off the right side of the roadway and hit a tree.

The wreck happened just outside the former Merck & Co. plant. There was some damage to the fence surrounding the facility.

"There was some slight damage to the fence," said Lt. Jason Hagger of the Dougherty County Police Department. "(The driver) hit the tree, which shifted the tree into the fence."

The accident was still under investigation Tuesday, but authorities said it was possible a medical condition may have been a contributing factor.

"A witness who was driving behind her said she looked like she was slumped over," Hagger said.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are not sure how fast the woman was driving, but didn't believe excessive speed was a factor.

"We don't have any reason to believe she was traveling at a high rate of speed," Hagger said. The speed limit in that area is 45 mph.

Preliminary investigations into the incident indicate that the driver did not make an attempt to stop.

"There were no skidmarks, or an indication that she had (tried to stop)," Hagger said. "There were no indications that she had slammed on the brakes."