A Texas County woman died Tuesday morning when her car ran off Interstate 44 in Franklin County.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said Jessie T. Moss, 78, Licking, was driving a 1995 Ford Escort westbound on I-44 when she lost control near the 242 mile-marker east of St. Clair.

The car ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree, according to the preliminary patrol report.

Moss was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel, the patrol said. She was wearing a saftey belt.

The fatal crash happened about 11:30 a.m., the patrol reported.