Mom of Twin Unborn Children Died in Automobile Accident, Doctors Save Her Babies

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 7, 2015   |   6:33PM   |   Spartanburg, SC

In a terrible tragedy in South Carolina, a 19-year-old mother of twin unborn babies died in an automobile accident. Thankfully, however, doctors were able to save both babies.

Ashton Hughes died in surgery Tuesday, just hours after a crash outside Mary Black Memorial Hospital, where she had been for a consultation on the development of her babies. According to police on the scene, her van ran into the back ofan SUV.

After emergency personnel arrived on the scene and took her to the hospital, the twins survived and were delivered and are now being treated at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Sadly, Hughes died in surgery Tuesday.


Here’s more on this tragedy:

Ashton Gailann Hughes, of Drayton, crashed her 1998 Honda van into the back of a 2002 Chevrolet SUV around 1:05 p.m. on Skylyn Drive, according to authorities. She had just left a hospital appointment at Mary Black Memorial Hospital, according to a statement from the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office.

Hughes was taken to Spartanburg Medical Center by ambulance, but she was pronounced dead during surgery.

The twins are still alive and are receiving treatment at Spartanburg Medical Center, according to the coroner’s office.

The driver of the Chevrolet SUV, a Pauline woman, was not injured, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones. Both had been traveling south on Skylyn Drive, he said.

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Hughes’ 11-month-old child was also in the car but was not injured.

“Fortunately, the child also had no injuries resulting from the wreck,” coroner’s office investigator Megan Rick said.