I-75 crash claims 5-year-old girl By News Sentinel staff
April 10, 2007
A 5-year-old girl who was seriously injured in a Monday crash on
Interstate 75 in Loudon County has died, according to the Tennessee
Maya Thomas, 5, died this morning at the University of Tennessee Medical
Center. She had been listed in critical condition after suffering
serious head injuries when she was ejected from a 1993 Ford Explorer
that was run off the road by a tractor-trailer rig about 4:15 p.m.
Monday, authorities said.
Her mother, Lauryn Thomas, 32, was also thrown from the vehicle. She
died at the scene.
They were both passengers in the Explorer, which was driven by
32-year-old Caroll Cooper. Cooper sustained non-life threatening
injuries, according to Trooper S.F. Holcomb.
The trio was returning home to Dayton, Ohio, after a trip to Florida
when the Explorer was forced into the grassy median by a tractor-trailer
rig, Holcomb said. The Explorer flipped several times, ejecting all
No one in the Explorer was wearing a seat belt and there was no child
restraint device, the trooper said.
Although witnesses confirmed that a tractor-trailer ran them off the
road, the vehicle had not been located.
More details as they develop online and in Wednesday’s News Sentinel.