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Grandmother, grandchildren injured
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A Centertown Fireman tries to prevent a fire by disconnecting the battery while paramedics rush the injured to awaiting helicopters following a crash in downtown Centertown Saturday that sent a grandmother and her two grandchildren for treatment after she struck a tree.


A grandmother and her grandchildren were airlifted after their car veered from the highway ran into a tree in downtown Centertown Sunday afternoon.


The driver, Nieve Lopez, 49, and her six-year-old granddaughter and four-year-old grandson, were all airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by a pair of 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 mini-van 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.


The mini-van was totaled by the impact. However, 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 damage to the van.