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Traffic accident in Tennessee: 6 youths were killed

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Six youths, including a one-year-old boy, were involved in a car accident, authorities said, after they were thrown from their car early Sunday morning on a highway in middle Tennessee. Two adults were injured, one seriously.

Brent Dyer, chief of the county’s office of emergency services, said emergency crews found an upside-down vehicle with severe damage when they responded around 2 a.m. to the scene of the crash in Robertson County.

Dyer said in a news release that first responders found six women, ages 1 to 18, who had been thrown from the vehicle and not revived.

Officials said a woman was hospitalized in a critical condition after she was apparently thrown from a vehicle. Authorities said one man was slightly injured.

Officials said a second car, whose driver was not injured, was found near the damaged vehicle. The dead and injured were not immediately identified. It was not immediately clear if they were related.

The accident occurred 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 accident.

The county’s Office of Emergency Management coordinates mental health services and career counseling for incident response crews.

“Our office acknowledges the enormous difficulty of this scene,” Dyer’s press release read.

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