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SPRINGFIELD, TN (WSMV) -

A family from Springfield shattered by a tragic car crash is getting support from people all across the country.

That crash Monday night in Robertson County killed two people and left several others in critical condition.

One of the injured, a 3-year-old girl, continues to fight for life at Vanderbilt Medical Center as her story captivates friends and strangers to help.

More than 12,000 people have "liked" a Facebook support page for the Bouge family after it was created two days ago. They are joining an effort that has a growing number of people holding out hope for a miracle.

Erika Chambers picked up photography for a simple reason.

"Capturing moments," she said. "They would just disappear into oblivion if they weren't captured."

But when Chambers snapped birthday party photos in the fall of little Wyncie Bouge, she had no idea they would later become so important.

"I didn't realize I would be so connected, and I think that says a lot about Nashville, though. I think that when things happen here, people feel more connected," Chambers said.

Earlier this week, a terrible head-on crash on Highway 41 South near Experiment Station Road in Springfield landed Wyncie Bouge in critical condition.

It also badly injured her mother, Megan Bouge, and killed her grandmother, Janice "Darlene" Carlton.

According to investigators, the driver of the other car, Mandricus Darden, crossed four lanes of traffic and struck the Bouges' car head-on.

Now, well-wishers continue to grow online from miles away with messages of love and promised prayer.

But Chambers knew the power of the moment and jumped at a chance to help.

"Even though I didn't know them really personally, it just, it became so real to me, because I've experienced similar things. I know some of those feelings of grief and just helplessness," she said.

With the family's blessing, Chambers launched an online fundraiser.

"I had to do something. It was just not even an option," she said.

The site so far has raised $1,800 for the family's medical care.

Chambers' goal is to reach $15,000 as a tribute to an impression made in a single, but significant, moment.

"Even in the short time I met her, she was just unbelievably joyful as a child. That's what everyone has said in all of the postings that she was just full of joy," Chamber said.

There has been some good news to share. According to the Facebook support page, the family's newest addition - a newborn injured in the accident - has since been released from the hospital.

If you would like to help, there are three ways to get involved:

  • Visit any Regions Bank branch and ask to contribute to the "Bouge Family Assistance Fund."
  • Make a check out to FBC/Bouge and send it to First Baptist Church of Greenbrier (First Baptist Church, PO Box 485, Greenbrier, TN 37073).
  • Or visit: http://www.giveforward.com/supportthebougefamily.

2 killed, others injured in horrific crash

Investigators aren't sure what caused a deadly crash Monday that has claimed two lives in Robertson County.

The wreck happened on Highway 41 South near Experiment Station Road in Springfield around 7:30 p.m. when a Honda Accord driven by Mandricus Darden, 27, of Springfield, crossed four lanes of traffic and hit another head-on.

Darden and Janice "Darlene" Carlton were pronounced dead. Carlton's daughter, Megan Bouge, 28, was critically injured, as was Bouge's 3-year-old daughter, Wyncie. Bouge's 2-week-old son, Emmit, was listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Bouge teaches dance classes at a the Dance South studio in White House, where her daughter, according to friends, also learned to loved the art.

Friends described the family as a well-loved and faith-filled family, put to the test in a single, terrible moment.

"Obviously it's tragic news, and it's heartbreaking to us as a church family. But we will rally to be a support and strength for them at this time," said the Rev. Alec Cort.

The cause of the crash remains a mystery, but the medical examiner will perform an autopsy on Darden's body.

Something may have gone wrong, possibly a medical problem, to cause him to cross the center line.

"Brandon, the father, is being exceptionally strong - even to the point of asking for prayer and consideration for the young man who collided with his family and has passed and his family. He is asking for prayer for them," Cort said.

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