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Six girls die in tragic Tennessee roadway crash

 March 27, 2023

Interstate 24 West in Tennessee from exit 24 to exit 19 was shut down for several hours on Sunday morning as crews reported to the scene of a horrendous vehicle crash with fatalities.

It was approximately 2 a.m. when Robertson county EMS responded to the scene of the vehicle accident that was located at mile marker 23, just west of the exit for Highway 49W leading to Pleasant View and Springfield, Tennessee, according to a press release at the Robertson County Emergency Medical Services Facebook page.

Accident victims at crash scene

There was a total of 9 individuals involved, six of whom were young girls ranging in ages from 1 - 18 years of age. The six minors were found dead at the scene. Eight of the nine were a group that was traveling on I-24 West in a red, five-seater Toyota Camry when the driver lost control and crashed into a shoulder barrier near exit 24, according to the Daily Mail.

Upon impact, the vehicle flipped over and all six girls and an adult female were ejected as the vehicle rolled.

There was also a black pickup truck about a half mile down the road from the scene that apparently crashed into a concrete barrier under the Jack Teasley Road bridge on that same intestate. It's unclear how or even if the truck was involved with the Camry at this time, according to WSMV.

Multiple EMS personnel and transportation at scene

Robertson County Medic 5 was the first EMS vehicle to arrive on the scene.

When it was discovered that there were multiple patients, some of whom were minors, Robertson County Medic 10 from Springfield was called to the scene, according to the Robertson County Emergency Medical Services Facebook page.

Vanderbilt LifeFlight 3 from the Clarksville, Tennessee helicopter base also responded to the scene in connection to patients that had critical injuries.

Additional EMS units responding to the scene included Cheatham County EMS Medic 4 out of Pleasant View, and Robertson County Medic 11 out of Springfield.

There was a total of four Advanced Life Support ambulances and one helicopter ambulance on the scene. There were additional units involved to assist with searching for patients and to assist with patient triage, according to the Robertson County Emergency Medical Services Facebook page.

EMS efforts to treat accident victims

One adult male was also traveling in the red Camry and had minor injuries. He was transported to Skyline Trauma Center in Nashville.

An adult female who was in critical condition was found outside the Camry after allegedly being ejected from the vehicle. Upon being stabilized by paramedics at the scene, she was was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville via Vanderbilt Lifeflight, according to the Robertson County Emergency Medical Services Facebook page.

A male at the scene who was ambulatory allegedly identified as being the the driver of the black pickup truck that crashed about a half mile down the road.

The six minor girls pronounced dead at the scene had severe injuries that prevented them from being resuscitated.

The Tennessee State Medical Examiner's office provided transportation of these accident victims  from the scene.

The crash is still under investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Mental health and counseling services is being made available to first responders who were at the scene.