One person dead after traffic accident in heavy rain

One woman is dead after an afternoon traffic accident south of Millington.

According to officials, a white Isuzu Trooper was heading south on 51 toward Memphis when it hit a patch of water during Thursday afternoon's heavy rains. The SUV hydroplaned, spun around, and crossed the median, slamming into a tractor trailer. The impact threw the female driver out of the back of the vehicle.

A witness told Action News 5 that she stopped to help the driver, but when she got to her, she realized it was too late. Instead, she knelt and prayed over the driver as the woman died.

Meanwhile, officials at the scene said Thursday's heavy rains were definitely a contributing factor to the wreck. Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies and Tennessee Highway Patrol investigators participated in the investigation..

The driver of the truck was not hurt, but remained on the scene for questioning.