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Barry County, Missouri —  July 8, 2013

A woman died after a vehicle crash on Route 39 near Aurora Thursday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, around 3:55 a.m., 21-year-old Caitlin Miedema was driving south on U.S. 39 in a Saturn Ion car when for unknown reasons, she veered off the path and hit a culvert before rolling over.

Rescue personnel arrived on scene to find Ms. Miedema has been killed on impact. Ms. Miedema was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation in 2011, a total of 786 persons died in Missouri traffic crashes.

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