A child's life remained in danger at noon Thursday as a result of a rush hour crash just north of the Duck River bridge on Franklin Highway, a state trooper reported from the scene.
An Air Evac helicopter ambulance flew the four-year-old boy to Vanderbilt University Medical Center from a field beside the highway, U.S. 431, Trooper Bobby Clift said, adding, "He's breathing with a pulse, but he's in critical condition."
Clift and Sheriff Norman Dalton confirmed unofficial information that the child stopped breathing as a result of the two-car, head-on crash.
Three Marshall County Emergency Medical Service ambulances responded to a call that EMS Director James Whorley said came in at 7:38 a.m.: One from Chapel Hill and two from Lewisburg.
The crash was in the Maury County part of U.S. 431.
Clift declined to identify the child by name, but said he's the son of the driver of a Honda Civic. A man was driving north in an Oldsmobile, Clift said. The trooper only had last names of the drivers. The names are not unusual.
The man drove into the southbound lane and then swerved back, Clift said. The woman saw the Oldsmobile and tried to avoid him by going into his lane, but because he'd returned to that lane, they crashed.
The trooper did not anticipate filing any "serious" charges, he said. "Paperwork" type charges such as having an old address on a driver's license might be filed. The boy was properly strapped in a "booster seat," the trooper said.
Marshall County Deputy Layne Worsham assisted with traffic control at the federal highway that was closed during the rescue and investigation. Worsham said Chapel Hill firefighters responded, as did three troopers assigned to Marshall County and another trooper assigned to Maury County like Clift.