3 killed, 2 critically injured in Van Buren County crash

Josefina Mateo,Emily Francisco Mateo and Ivan Francisco Mateo (Courtesy: Mateo family)

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Three people were killed and two others were critically injured when an SUV crashed Sunday morning in Van Buren County.

It happened around 10:30 a.m. on State Highway 111 near Baker Mountain Road.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, there were seven people in a Mercury Mountaineer that suddenly turned left, rolled four times and came to a rest on its top in the southbound emergency lane.

THP said one person was trapped in the vehicle and six others were ejected.

Lourdes Reynoso identified the driver killed as her 34-year-old mother Josefina Mateo, who she said was traveling from Georgia to Kentucky.

Reynoso said the other two deaths were her 18-year-old sister Emily Mateo and her 11-year-old brother Ivan Mateo.

Four other people were flown from the scene to an area hospital including a 14-year-old and a 17-year-old.

A preliminary crash report from THP indicates the only person wearing a seatbelt was Josefina Mateo.

THP is investigating the cause of the crash.