Three members of Wayne County family killed in Tennessee crash

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VAN BUREN, Tennessee (WKYT) - Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed three members of a Kentucky family.

18-year-old Emily Mateo and a juvenile identified as Ivan Mateo died in a crash in Tennessee.

The crash happened on Sunday morning in Van Buren County, Tennessee. The investigating trooper in a report stated that a vehicle traveling north on Highway 111 crossed the median and rolled approximately four times. It came to rest on its top in the southbound emergency lane.

The trooper said the impact of the crash ejected six passengers and left one person trapped in the wreckage. Three people died at the scene. A helicopter flew four other patients to a hospital.

33-year-old Josefina Mateo Gomez, and two of her two children, 18-year-old Emily Mateo and 11-year-old Ivan Mateo, died in the crash.

19-year-old Lesly Mateo, a 14-year-old juvenile, 17-year-old juvenile, and 34-year-old Gasper Gomez were injured.

All of the victims are from Wayne County, Kentucky.

According to the report, the driver was wearing a seatbelt; no one else in the car used a seatbelt.

Stewart York was Ivan's principal at Monticello Elementary.

"He was a gifted and talented student in art and he enjoyed playing kickball and soccer with his classmates. He was very conscientious about his work and just gave a great effort in everything he did," York described.

Emily was a student at Wayne County High School. Carol Ford, the school librarian, said Emily will be remembered for her strong Christian faith and desire to learn.

"A very vibrant and outgoing young lady. I don't think you would meet anyone who has ever seen Emily that didn't say they always saw Emily with a smile," Ford said.

Wayne County High School and Monticello Elementary will be accepting donations for the Mateo family. A Memorial Fund has been established at the Monticello Banking Company. Anyone who would like to donate to this cause may do so at either of the schools or by sending a donation directly to any Monticello Banking Company location for the Mateo Memorial Fund.

Students at Wayne County High School will be releasing balloons with written messages in memory of the Francisco-Mateo family on Friday afternoon around 1:30 pm.

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