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Grandma airlifted with grandchildren
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The minivan suffered heavy front-end damage. - photo by Duane Sherrill
A grandmother and her grandchildren were airlifted after their minivan veered off the highway and ran into a tree in Centertown on Sunday afternoon.The driver, Nieve Lopez, 49, her 6-year-old granddaughter and 4-year-old grandson, were all airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by two helicopters that made their landing in a field near the former Centertown School. All three were conscious and responsive when they were carried from the scene by Warren County Ambulance Service and Centertown Fire personnel.The accident happened around 4 p.m. when Ms. Lopez apparently suffered some type of medical issue while behind the wheel. Her 2008 Nissan Quest minivan veered from Nashville Highway in the heart of downtown Centertown across from Kat’s Diner and entered a front yard where it struck a tree head-on just steps from the front door of the residence.All three occupants were wearing seatbelts, something Highway Patrol trooper Josh Sparkman, who worked the wreck, believes may have saved their lives given the massive front-end damage to the van.