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Tennessee Highway Patrol says 6 killed in head-on crash

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A sport utility vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a minivan head-on in Tennessee, killing six people, including three children, authorities said Friday.

Those killed include both drivers and the front passenger in the minivan. The three children who died were also riding in the minivan, which was carrying eight people, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. A man and two children in the van were injured, though the extent of their injuries wasn’t clear. They were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

The crash happened Thursday night on U.S. 411 South in Blount County, Lt. Bill Miller said.

Police identified those killed in the minivan as driver Tammy James, 52, and passengers Christy Manuel, 30; Cody Manuel, 13; Christopher Manuel, 8; and Gavin Manuel, 1.

All were from Greenback, about 30 miles southwest of Knoxville.

Police said Robert Sorenson Jr., 56, of Maryville, was the driver of the Isuzu Rodeo that crossed over the lanes.

The highway was shut down after the crash, but later reopened.

Highway Patrol Lt. Don Boshears said it was a difficult scene for first responders.

“It’s terrible for first responders. It’s terrible for everybody. … We have adults and children who have both lost their lives and it’s very, very tragic.”

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