A wreck early Monday morning in Todd County claimed the life of the vehicle's driver.

A Kentucky State Police report said the wreck occurred at 6:09 a.m. Monday one mile north of Highland Lick Road on Kentucky 181 south in Todd County.

KSP Public Affairs Officer Rob Austin said in his report that a preliminary investigation by the state police post at Madisonville revealed that a 1999 Nissan passenger car was traveling south on the highway when, for an unknown reason, the driver, Michael S. Wright, 41, Lewisburg, lost control of the car.

The vehicle exited the shoulder of the southbound lane, traveled down an embankment, struck a tree and caught fire, Austin said. He noted that the car was only occupied by Wright, who was pronounced dead at the scene by the Todd County coroner's office.

The identity of the driver was released Tuesday. Kentucky State Trooper Mark Combs continues to investigate the wreck.

In addition to the Todd County coroner's office, KSP was assisted at the scene by the Todd County Sheriff's Department, Clifty and Elkton volunteer fire departments, Elkton Police Department, Todd County Emergency Management, the Todd County Chaplain's Service and Todd County Emergency Medical Services/ComCare Inc.

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