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Lawrenceville woman dies in Tenn. motorcycle wreck

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville woman died over the weekend when the motorcycle she and her husband were traveling on struck a sports car in Tennessee.

According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 61-year-old Tonya Burns was riding on the back of the Harley-Davidson driven by her husband near tiny Tellico Plains when they "lost control in a curve" at about 2 p.m. Sunday.

The motorcycle overcorrected, authorities said, as Burns and husband Alfred Richard Burns Jr. were thrown into an oncoming Mazda Miata convertible.

Alfred Burns was injured. His wife died from her injuries, the report said. Drugs or alcohol were not believed to have played a factor, authorities said.

A scenic drive through the Cherokee National Forest, one motorcycling site describes the Tennessee Highway 68 route the Burns were on as one "not for the novice biker," with "some very tight turns and lots of curves."