UPDATE: THP identifies three killed in Marion Co. crash

MARION COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified the three victims in the early morning vehicle wreck in Marion County.

30-year-old Lauren Garner of Chattanooga was driving a 2009 Chevrolet LTZ when officials say she lost control and hit a tree on Highway 108 by the border of Marion and Grundy counties.

The car engulfed in flames, killing Garner and two children in the back seat, according to THP.

THP also identified the children as 2-year-old Willow Frisbee and 1-year-old Chrimson Frisbee. Both were in child restraint devices, and Garner was wearing a seat belt, according to the THP report.

Officers arrived on scene around 7 a.m. At that point, the car was already taken over by flames.

THP is still investigating why Garner’s car lost control and ran into the tree.

It was only after the fire was extinguished that officers were able to identify the three victims.

News 12 spoke with a neighbor who heard the crash. He said he heard a loud boom and thought it was thunder. Then, he saw a woman pull over to the side of the road. Thinking she had a flat tire, he went to help. That’s when he saw the flames.

The neighbor said he and a few other people tried to get the victims out of the car, but the flames were too much.

He told News 12 wrecks are common on that stretch of Highway 108. He said you can find car debris on the side of the road, especially in the curvy parts of the highway.


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MARION COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol says three people have died in a crash in Marion County this morning.

According to the Highway Patrol, the crash happened on Tennessee Highway 108 near the Marion-Grundy county line.

Troopers are still investigating the crash.

News 12 is working to get more information on the crash – we will update this story as soon as details are released.

 

**PHOTO: THP on Twitter

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