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Helenwood woman killed in traffic accident

The driver of this Kia SUV, and one of her small children, were injured in a crash on U.S. Hwy. 27 in Huntsville on Friday, July 31, 2020 – but not seriously. The driver of a second vehicle, not pictured, was killed in the crash | LeEtta Boyatt/IH

HUNTSVILLE — A 64-year-old woman was killed and one other person was injured in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Hwy. 27 here Friday afternoon.

Rosalee Marlow, 64, of Helenwood, died in the accident. Ariel Allen, 30, also of Helenwood, was injured in the accident.

The accident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. by Helenwood Foods and Citizens Gas.

According to a report filed by investigating trooper Stephen Barclay of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when Marlow’s 2006 GMC Envoy entered the path of Allen’s 2019 Kia Sorento, which was northbound on U.S. 27. Marlow, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from her vehicle, which came to rest within the highway.

Allen and her two small children were all restrained. Her heavily-damaged vehicle came to rest on the side of the roadway.

In the opinion of Trooper Barclay, a seatbelt would have made a difference in the outcome of the accident.

A significant number of first responders answered the call to the accident, including emergency workers from Scott County EMS, Huntsville Fire Department, Scott County Rescue Squad and the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.

Update, 7/31/2020, 9:37 p.m. — The story was updated to reflect information from one of the drivers, Ariel Allen, that neither of her children were injured in the accident. A previous version of the story, relaying information from the THP’s report, stated that one of the children suffered minor injuries.
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