An Oneida woman escaped a Monday morning accident on the east side of town with non-life-threatening injuries despite the dramatic nature of the crash.
Paula Owens, 40, of Oneida, was identified as the driver and sole occupant of a pickup truck that crashed on W.J. Jeffers Road shortly after 7:30 a.m. Monday morning.
According to an accident report filed by Oneida Police Department officer Dustin Burke, Owens was southbound on W.J. Jeffers Road around 7:40 a.m. Monday when she lost control of her vehicle about one-half mile from Sandcut Road. The vehicle jumped the pavement, slammed into a tree and flipped several times down an embankment before coming to rest in an upright position.
Despite wearing her safety belt, Owens was ejected from the vehicle, suffering a serious laceration to her wrist, causing her to lose copious amounts of blood, according to witnesses at the scene.
Owens was quickly transported from the scene and to a Knoxville-area hospital by Scott County EMS.
Despite her injuries, Owens was able to climb back up the embankment to the roadway, where paramedics located her upon arriving at the scene.
Oneida chief of police Darryl Laxton also responded to the scene.