FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Franklin police have identified the two victims who were killed in an Easter Sunday crash that injured six others, including four children.
The two-vehicle crash happened Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Murfreesboro Road and Royal Oaks Boulevard. Police said eight people were sent to three different hospitals.
Police said "beloved" Franklin couple Ed, 81, and Charlotte, 77, House died Sunday. The victims in the second vehicle, two adults and four children, were seriously hurt. Police did not release their names.
According to police, preliminary investigation indicates that House was traveling west on Murfreesboro Road when, for unknown reasons, he crashed into the rear end of the other vehicle while it was stopped for a red light, waiting to turn left onto Royal Oaks Boulevard.
"Our entire city team is deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. and Mrs. House, and our prayers are with their family and the other victims who were involved in this terrible crash," Franklin police said in a statement.
Police said Ed and Charlotte House were the parents of retired Franklin Fire Department Battalion Chief Eddie House, a 34-year member of the FFD. He now serves as Deputy Chief for the Spring Hill Fire Department. They said Ed House was a 20-year volunteer member of the Franklin Fire Department. Charlotte House served for 14 years in the City’s Finance Department before retiring in 2010.
The family of Ed and Charlotte House released the following statement:
“The overwhelming grief over this loss is indescribable. Our family feels the love and prayers of so many. But now, and in the days ahead, we want the community to join us in directing that love and those prayers toward the other family; for their comfort, complete healing, and recovery during this unimaginable time.”
According to the Williamson County Rescue Squad, there will be a graveside visitation from noon - 2 p.m. at the Williamson Memorial Gardens in Franklin, as well as a graveside service at 2 p.m. on Thursday.