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3 Ky. Natives Killed, 2 Injured In Tenn. Crash

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VAN BUREN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Three people were killed and two others were critically injured when an SUV crashed Sunday morning in Van Buren County.

The crash happened around 10 a.m. on State Highway 111 near Baker Mountain Road.

Tennessee Highway Patrol reports there were seven people in a silver Mercury Mountaineer that suddenly turned left, rolled several times across the median into the southbound lanes and came to a rest in an emergency lane. The vehicle was flipped on its top.

Lourdes Reynoso identified the three killed as her mother Josefina Mateo, 34, of Monticello; and two of Josefina’s children, Emily Mateo, 18, of Monticello; and Ivan Mateo, 11, of Monticello. 

Reynoso said her mother was driving the family from Georgia to Kentucky when something caused her to lose control of the SUV. One person was trapped in the vehicle and six others were ejected. Josefina was the only person in the vehicle wearing her seatbelt.

According to Reynoso, her other brother and sister were also injured in the crash. They were taken to an area hospital for treatment of their injuries.

THP is investigating the cause of the crash.

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