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Child killed, five others hurt in Murfreesboro head-on crash

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Posted at 8:47 PM, May 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-25 07:15:40-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF)  — A child was killed and five others were hurt in a head-on crash Monday afternoon in Murfreesboro.

Police said the driver of a Toyota Camry traveling south on Lascassas Pike veered into oncoming traffic, hitting a Toyota Corolla.

An 11-year-old who was in the backseat of the Corolla was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said the man driving the Corolla was trapped inside the car and had to be rescued by firefighters. An adult woman and 9-year-old boy who were in the Corolla were also hurt. Police said the man and woman were taken to a nearby hospital, but the boy was flown to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

The two boys have been identified as students at Providence Christian Academy in Murfreesboro. Officials from the school sent the following statement:

"The entire PCA Family is grieving the devastating loss of our beloved fifth grade student Cole Johnson and the injuries sustained by his brother, PCA third grade student, Westin. We come alongside his family to support them in their grief and pray for peace and comfort as they process this unimaginably tragic event. We are also praying for complete healing for Westin.

Cole began attending PCA in PreK and he has attended PCA for seven years. Cole is remembered as a kind, intelligent, thoughtful, joyful, and inquisitive student who deeply loved his family, his friends, and his Savior, Jesus Christ. We pray his family and the entire PCA Family will find comfort in the words found in Psalm 34:18 'The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.'"

The driver of the Camry was also taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Murfreesboro police said the crash remains under investigation.