MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – A baby injured in a horrific crash in Murfreesboro last Wednesday died five days later on Monday.
The crash happened Oct. 5 at 11:50 a.m. at the intersection of Veterans Parkway and Blackman Road. At the time, the baby was taken to a hospital by helicopter with severe injuries.
A dump truck had slowed down to make a right turn onto Blackman Road, the driver said, when witnesses say a Nissan plowed into the back of it.
A 2-month-old, identified as Deundre Bridges, Jr., was in the car and police say the child safety seat may not have been properly installed.
Witnesses on the scene told News 2 the seat was front-facing rather than rear-facing.
The driver was also taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. The dump truck driver wasn’t injured.
The impact from the crash was so severe the emblem on the front of the Nissan was embedded in the rear of the dump truck.
A brake line on the truck was broken and a tire was flattened.
Locals told News 2 they want something done to make the intersection safer.
“This intersection is becoming quite dangerous,” Murfreesboro resident Ken Kuester said. “My wife and I drive this way every morning.”
“Something needs to be done,” he added.
Kuester said he’s seen more and more wrecks at this intersection than he cares to see, especially with the growth in this area.
“Sometimes in the morning it’s virtually like taking your life in your own hands, it’s very difficult,” Kuester said. “Sometimes to get across you have to take chances.”
He said the city needs to consider installing some type of traffic control device.
“Either a roundabout or traffic light,” Kuester said.
To be clear, city officials say the design of the intersection didn’t have anything to do with the crash.
Murfreesboro police FACT or Fatal Accident Crash Team responded to the scene to reconstruct the wreck.
The driver of the dump truck told his boss he doesn’t believe the other driver attempted to stop. No tire skid marks were on the pavement.