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THP: Six dead in East Tennessee crash

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Emergency responders gather for a moment of prayer after a fatal accident left six people dead on Highway 411 in Blount County. WBIR photo Emergency responders gather for a moment of prayer after a fatal accident left six people dead on Highway 411 in Blount County. WBIR photo

(WBIR - BLOUNT COUNTY) - A crash in Blount County on Highway 411 killed six people Thursday night.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, an Isuzu Rodeo SUV was traveling northbound on US Highway 411 and crossed over into the southbound lane, hitting head-on a minivan that was carrying eight people, including the driver.

It happened around 10:15 p.m. Thursday, near Springview Baptist Church, or around 1.5 miles past the exit for Highway 129.

The crash killed the drivers of both vehicles, along with an adult passenger and three children riding in the minivan. One of the children killed was an infant.

Two additional kids and one adult who where also riding in the minivan were injured in the crash, said THP at the scene. The three injured were taken to UT Medical Center.

"It's terrible for first responders, it's terrible for everybody. These things, you know loss of life is so precious, and when you lose so much in one setting it's almost compounding," said Lt. Don Boshears. "I really don't know that I can explain it. We have adults and children who have both lost their lives and it's very, very tragic."

THP has not released the names of the people involved in the crash.

All lanes on Highway 411 are back open.

This is not the first time a fatal crash has happened along this stretch of Highway 411. Last year, a Tellico Plains woman died after a speeding car lost control and hit her. Lola Walker was 72. The other driver, Jason dyer, is facing several charges, including vehicular homicide.

Read more at WBIR's website.

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