Tennessee freeway crash kills 6 teens thrown from car
A car crash killed six youths, including a one-year-old baby, after they were thrown from their vehicle early Sunday on a highway in central Tennessee, authorities said. Two adults were injured, one seriously.
Emergency crews found an upside-down car with extensive damage when they responded around 2 a.m. to the crash site in Robertson County, said Brent Dyer, service bureau chief county emergency management.
First responders found six women between the ages of 1 and 18 who had been thrown from the car and could not be revived, Dyer said in a news release.
A woman was hospitalized in critical condition after she was apparently ejected from the car, officials said. One man was slightly injured, officials said.
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A second vehicle whose driver was uninjured was found near the damaged car, officials said. Those killed and injured were not immediately identified. It was not immediately clear if they were related.
The accident took place on I-24 near Pleasant View and Springfield, and a section of the freeway was closed for hours before reopening later Sunday. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.
The County Emergency Management Office is coordinating professional mental health and counseling services for crews responding to the accident.
“Our office recognizes the incredible difficulty of this scene,” Dyer’s press release said.