Update-Accident Claims Life Of Effingham County Woman

Savannah Chatham Police say a woman from Eden was driving a Ford Escort east on I-16 a little before 9 yesterday morning.  She collided with a tractor-trailer just west of the Chatham Parkway exit.

The car collided with the truck driven by Claudus Jackson and the impact caused Jackson to lose control of the rig.  Both witnesses tell police that, after the impact, both vehicles traveled accross the highway and into the wood line. The Escort wound up crushed between a tree and the semi.

36 year old Mellisa Phillips died at the scene. Police say Jackson was injured but declined medical treatment.

No charges have been filed, but the accident is under investigation.