Members of a Bledsoe County family and their friends are coming to grips with the loss of two children after a car overturned into a pond on Rigsby Mountain Monday night.
"It's a terrible tragedy and they are...it's just unbelievably painful," said Aileen Rose, a family friend.
Monique Einwechter, 24, her husband and four children recently moved to Bledsoe County from Pennsylvania. It was supposed to be a new start with the children's grandparents, she said.
"They'll never get over it. This will be with them the rest if their lives. It's just everybody's nightmare," said Rose.
Rose said the family didn't want the children exposed to paint fumes at a cottage they were supposed to move in to, so Einwechter packed up some belongings in the SUV with the kids and headed down Hoffman Drive toward Wooden Loop Road.
The car slipped off the narrow road and into a pond, and relatives watching rushed to help, Rose said.
Rose said relatives rushed to get the 2-year-old and 1-year-old out safely, but soon, the car rolled the rest of the way and overturned into the cold water. Bledsoe County EMS along with many other first responders got to the scene about 8:45 p.m. The 6-week-old boy, Emoch Einwechter, and 3-year old girl, Susan Einwechter, were under water for about 30 minutes and drowned, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
"We don't drill for that very often. This is probably the second time I can remover this happening in the last 10 years or so," said Kendall Smith, the Bledsoe County EMS director.
A 2-year-old, Jonathan Einwechter, and 1-one-year child, Titus Einwechter, were not hurt. All three were taken to area hospitals, first responders said.
Neighbors off Wooden Loop said the news is hard to hear.
"It's always shocking. You can't imagine. If I lost my son, I can't imagine how I would feel or what I would do," said Frances Cross, a neighbor.
THP is still investigating the crash. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in the crash, and the mother is not expected to face any charges, officials said.
THP troopers said Einwechter wore a seat belt at the time of the crash and all four passengers (ages 3 and under) were in child restraints.
Depend on NewsChannel9 for the latest information as it becomes available. By Briona Arradondo