6 young girls are killed after being thrown out of a car in a crash on a Tennessee highway

A car crash on Interstate 24 in Tennessee killed six girls and injured two other people, officials said.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, emergency personnel responded to a vehicle accident on I-24 West near Exit 24 that flipped a vehicle upside down, causing “extremely severe damage,” Robertson County Emergency Medical Services said in a statement.

Emergency personnel declared six girls dead at the scene. Officials said all the girls were found outside the overturned car after apparently being thrown out in the accident. “They appear to range in age from 1 to 18,” RCEMS said.

An adult woman who investigators believe was thrown from the car was found in critical condition. Officials said she was treated at the scene before being airlifted to a local hospital.

Officials said the driver of the vehicle and the adult male were in stable condition with minor injuries. RCEMS said he was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.

Emergency personnel also responded to the driver of another vehicle near the overturned vehicle. RCEMS said he had “no complaints of injury and was moving around the scene.”

Officials did not identify any of the victims and it was not immediately clear if any of them were related. The cause of the accident has not been released. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

“Our office is aware of the enormous difficulty of this landscape,” said RCEMS. “Please keep the families and people involved in your thoughts and prayers.”

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