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Second child dies following McMinn County crash

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BENTON, TN (WRCB) - We have a heartbreaking update on a story we reported earlier this week after a local police officer's family was involved in a car crash in McMinn County.

The accident claimed the lives of a Benton police officer's wife and 6-year-old daughter. Now we learn, his 10-year-old son, has also passed away from his injuries.

The kids' school is asking the community to help support the Bloom family.

A young family of five, is now only two.

"Still in shock cause I didn't think that someone that close to me could pass that fast," family friend Daniel Steward said.

They were all in the car Wednesday, when the Tennessee Highway Patrol says 27-year-old Linda Bloom turned in front of a construction truck onto Highway 411 in Etowah. The impact spun them into an embankment, killing Linda and their 6-year-old daughter, Cayla.

28-year-old Benton police officer David Bloom and his two sons, Dawson and Kadin, were air lifted to a Knoxville hospital. Dawson passed away from his injuries Friday night.

"Good memories of the whole family," Benton Elementary School Principal Tracy McAbee said.

Principal McAbee says he taught mom, Linda, when she was in school. He says Cayla, a kindergartner loved science class and fourth grader Dawson liked reading.

"It was high fives every day," McAbee said.

He says the loss hard for him to process, let alone his students. He says when they return Monday, they'll keep schedules as normal as possible but offer support as the kids grieve the loss of their classmates.

"If someone needs to talk, if someone needs somebody to speak with, we'll have counselors here all next week," McAbee said.

The school has started a fundraiser web site to help officer Bloom with the medical and burial expenses in an effort to relieve at least the financial burden of the three funerals.  Click here to learn more.

"Just trying to do anything we can for them," McAbee said.

Principal McAbee says he doesn't know when second grader, Kadin will come back to school, but say he's doing fine physically, just some cuts and bruises. Officer Bloom has some broken ribs. Both have been released from the hospital.

 

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