The children killed in the Tennessee crash were all ejected from the vehicle and killed when it struck the shoulder of the road and flipped over, while two adults were taken to hospital and survived
Six young girls were killed in a horrific car crash in the US state of Tennessee on Sunday.
The car, a Toyota Camry, veered off the road at about 2am and struck a shoulder barrier, flipping over and ejecting the kids from the vehicle, according to emergency services.
The children were declared dead at the scene after it became clear they were unable to be resuscitated, while a woman was airlifted to a nearby hospital.
A male in the vehicle was transported to a different hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries.
Brent Dyer, chief of the county’s emergency management services office, said the deceased children were aged between one and 18.
A Robertson County Emergency Medical Services statement read: “A total of four Advanced Life Support ambulances responded to this scene and one helicopter/air ambulance. Initial arriving units worked quickly to search for, assess and triage the total nine patients involved.
“Only one other vehicle was involved. The vehicle was a car that was found upside down with very extensive damage.
“Another adult male was ambulatory on the scene and reported to responders that he had been in this car. This man was stable with what appeared to be minor injuries at that time.”
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said it would be investigating the cause of the crash, which took place near exit 24 on I-24 West in Robertson County.
Officials said a damaged pickup truck was also recovered at the scene, but have not said whether it was involved in the crash.
They confirmed that the vehicle collided with a concrete barrier underneath a bridge and came to rest half a mile down the road from the scene of the crash.
Robertson County Emergency Medical Services said it was ensuring that those who attended the scene were provided with mental health support.
“Our office recognizes the incredible difficulty of this scene. Further coordination to involve professional mental health and counseling services for responders has been established,” it said.
“Please keep the families and persons involved in your thoughts and prayers.”