An early morning accident in the metro area has claimed the life of A 23-year-old woman. The accident was reported shortly after 5 o’clock this morning. Police have closed Pitt’s Memorial west bound for several hours to conduct their investigation.

Just after daybreak, a sports utility vehicle was west bound on Pitt’s Memorial Drive. As the vehicle passed under the Ruth Avenue overpass, the driver appears to have lost control. The SUV veered to the right, crossing the ramp that leads from Ruth Avenue onto the highway before going into the ditch and rolling over several times. The driver, the lone occupant, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle continued up a steep embankment coming to rest on its roof near the top of a grassy bank.