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Woman talking on cell phone flips truck and dies, police say

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KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) - Police say it appears a woman was talking on a cell phone before flipping her truck in a fatal wreck in Kannapolis Tuesday afternoon.

The accident occurred around 3:31 p.m. in front of the Kannapolis Water Treatment Plant at 1303 Pump Station Road located north of the intersection of West C Street.

When Kannapolis police officers arrived at the scene, they found an overturned 2001 Ford Ranger pickup at the main entrance of the plant.

The victim, Lemanda Hannah Grimes of Kannapolis, died at the scene.

Police are not sure where the 42-year-old woman was heading, but they say she had just left her home at 716 Chris Drive in Kannapolis prior to the crash.

According to the police report, Grimes was traveling north and ran off the right side of the road. She overcorrected causing the truck to cross the center line.

Police said she overcorrected a second time which caused the truck to leave the right side of the road and hit a concrete pole, electronic code box, and a metal gate at the entrance of the water treatment plant.

A witness told police he did not see the crash, but did see smoke and dust around the vehicle once it came to a rest. The witness tried to get to the driver, but was unable to do so due to the damage to the vehicle.

A police officer told WBTV they found an opened cell phone near the victim's head.

The police report said, "It appeared she was talking on the cell phone at the time of the crash."

Police do not think Grimes was speeding, and they do not think there was any other form of impairment.

She was wearing her seatbelt, police said.

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