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Mother killed, 3 children injured in I-40 crash

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Published: Apr. 25, 2022 at 5:31 PM CDT
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HAYWOOD COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - A crash involving multiple vehicles Friday night killed one woman and injured her three children.

Tennessee Highway Patrol says the crash happened just before 9 p.m. Friday night near mile marker 61 in Haywood County.

Troopers say 27-year-old Porcha Burts of Lemon Grove, California was driving her Dodge Caliber westbound along I-40 when she struck a Chevrolet Silverado before crossing through the median to the eastbound lanes striking the left side of a tractor trailer.

After striking the trailer, troopers say the vehicle re-entered the median flipping multiple times before coming to a rest. Burts was pronounced deceased on scene.

Burts had 3 juveniles in the vehicle at the time of the crash, according to crash report. The children were transported to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital where their condition is unknown.

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