A mother and her three-year-old daughter are fighting for their lives following a crash Monday night that killed two others in Robertson County. The woman's two-week-old baby was also injured.
According to the Web site SmokeyBarn.com, the crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. on Highway 41S near Experiment Station Road between Greenbrier and Springfield.
A Springfield man, later identified as Mandricus Darden, 27, was driving a Honda Accord when he crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming vehicle.
Darden died from his injuries.
The driver of the other vehicle, 28-year-old Megan Bouge, her mother, Janice "Darlene" Carlton, Bouge's three-year-old daughter and two-week-old baby were all taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Carlton died at the hospital. Bouge underwent surgery and was last listed in critical but stable condition.
Three-year-old Wyncie Bouge was on life support and last listed in critical condition. According to a family member's Facebook page, doctors had given her a 50% chance of survival.
Bouge's infant son, Emmett Bouge, was also listed in critical but stable condition. He is expected to survive.
For Lori Cordell, words barely describe how she felt when she learned of the tragedy.
"Oh I was just devastated, just absolutely devastated and just heartsick," Cordell told Nashville's News 2.
Cordell knows the family well. She was Bouge's dance instructor from the time she was a young girl.
"She grew up here taking dance every week, just very bubbly, bright, with a beautiful vivacious smile," said Cordell.
Bouge is now an instructor at Dance South in White House.
"I saw her recently and she was with her mom. They were out together and they just always had a close relationship and Darlene was just a great mom herself," said Cordell.
According to SmokeyBarn.com, the children were properly restrained in the vehicle when the crash occurred.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is assisting with the investigation.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:07 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:07:37 GMT
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