Citing the age of the victim, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Erik Raines declined to release the name of the deceased girl or her 10-year-old brother, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the 8:45 a.m. crash.
Teresa Ayers, community coordinator for Hamblen County schools, says the girl was sixth-grader at East Ridge Middle School.
The children’s mother and driver of the pickup, 29-year-old Becky Long, was listed in critical condition at Wellmont-Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport Wednesday evening, according to the trooper.
This morning, a hospital spokeswoman said Long was in an intensive-care unit, but did not release information on her medical condition.
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