NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 2-year-old boy died Monday evening after the car he was riding in was involved in a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 440 earlier in the morning.
Metro police say a Mercury Mariner, Nissan Frontier, and Cadillac SUV were all stopped in traffic around 9 a.m. near the 21st Avenue/Hillsboro Road exit when a dump truck hit the Mariner from behind.
The Mariner, which was carrying two parents and their 2-year-old son, then hit the back of the Frontier, causing it to roll into the Cadillac SUV.
The 2-year-old boy inside the Mariner, identified as Logan Pederson, was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition. He died hours later.
Police say both of his parents, Robert and Samantha Hudson, were also taken to Vanderbilt with non-life threatening injuries. An update on their condition wasn’t immediately released.
According to a press release, the 40-year-old dump truck driver told investigators he was looking down at the time of the accident after something fell to the floor board.
Metro police noted there was no evidence of alcohol or drug involvement at the scene.
It is not known at this time if charges will be filed. The accident remains under investigation.