Six girls were killed in a tragic car crash early Sunday morning on a freeway in Tennessee.
Authorities say eight people – a man, a woman, and six children – were in a red Toyota Camry traveling near exit 24 on I-24 West in Robertson County, Tennessee. Around 2 a.m., the car allegedly veered off the road and flipped onto the shoulder.
Six children ejected from the vehicle after it crashed into the shoulder. WSMV
The six girls and the woman were ejected from the car as it rolled. Emergency responders said the Camry was found upside down with “very extensive damage.”
A pickup truck was near the crash site, the vehicle slammed into a concrete barrier. Officials aren’t yet certain if the two vehicles affected each other or if the pickup truck driver reacted to the Camry crashing by accidentally hitting the barrier.
The driver of the pickup truck was able to walk away from the car accident.
The woman was airlifted to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and the man was rushed to the Skyline Medical Center in Nashville. The woman is in critical condition and the man suffered minor injuries, according to officials.
Officials have closed a section of the highway as they investigate the crash.WSMV
All six of the children were pronounced dead at the scene – five of the girls were reportedly under the age of 10. One of the girls was a 1-year-old infant.
The names of the injured and deceased had yet to be released.
WKRN-TV reported, “A total of four ambulances responded to the crash site, along with crews from Robertson County EMS, Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department, Cheatham County EMS and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).”
Robertson County EMS Director Brent Dyer said, “Our office recognizes the incredible difficulty of this scene.”
Robertson County Emergency Medical Services is coordinating professional mental health and counseling services for first responders at the fatal car crash.
The deadly crash is being investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Robertson County Emergency Medical Services said in a statement, “Please keep the families and persons involved in your thoughts and prayers.”
Earlier this month, five children were killed in a heartbreaking car accident in New York. A Nissan Rogue being driven by a 16-year-old boy veered off the road and crashed into a tree in Scarsdale, New York.