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Pregnant teen dies in car crash and gives birth to healthy twins

By Mason White 10:12 AM January 8, 2015
Ashton Gailann Hughes  

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A teenage mother gave birth to twins before she died of injuries suffered in a car accident.

The teenage mother of South Carolina, died on Tuesday, but her twin babies survived.

The accident happened in Spartanburg County, when two vehicles collided on Skylyn Drive about 1:00 p.m.

Troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, said that a car rear-ended an SUV, which stopped at a traffic light.

The driver of the car was 19-year-old Ashton Gailann Hughes. Police said that Hughes had just left the Mary Black Memorial Hospital on Skylyn Drive after an appointment.

Her 11-month-old daughter, Dixie Faith Jennings, was in the car with her, but was not hurt.

Hughes, who was pregnant with twins, was rushed to the Spartanburg Medical Center by EMS, where doctors performed a caesarean section to save her babies.

Family members said that Hughes saw her twins before she died. Hughes gave birth to a boy and a girl.

The girl was named after her mother, Ashton Gailann Jennings. She weighed 2 pounds and 12 ounces at birth. The baby boy was named Brantley Wayne Jennings. He weighed 3 pounds and 2 ounces at birth.

The twins are in the intensive care unit at the hospital and are expected to survive.

The cause of death is still under investigation. The driver of the SUV was not injured. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, according to police.

The 11-month-old child is in the care of her father, Hughes’ boyfriend Zacks Jennings. He will also care for the twins when they are released from the hospital.