Update: Franklin County teen in serious condition after wreck, but showing improvement

Published 3:35 pm Thursday, September 14, 2023

A Franklin County teenager is in serious condition following a car wreck Wednesday afternoon.

Franklin County High School students Marlee Tindle and Kolby Cox were traveling on River Road in Bude to soccer practice Wednesday when the vehicle crashed. Both teens were ejected from the vehicle.

Cox, an FCHS senior, received minor injuries.

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Tindle suffered serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven and placed on a ventilator prior to being airlifted to a Jackson trauma center. Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies and Brookhaven Police officers assisted in escorting the ambulance to KDMC from the Franklin County line.

“She is responding some but not like the neurologist wants her to,” a Wednesday evening social media post from her aunt Cindy Burch said. “We were told she had a small brain bleed. She has a TBI (traumatic brain injury).”

The post also described injuries to her face and pelvis, and asked for prayers.

An FCHS junior, Tindle is the daughter of Franklin County Sheriff Tom Tindle, who was among the first responders at the scene.

On Thursday afternoon, Burch shared that Tindle was sleeping and resting.

The pressure in her head was at 11, with a target goal of 15-20. The pressure had been at 3 prior to her transfer Wednesday, and increased to 9 once she was placed in intensive care.

“Marlee is not responding to commands at this time, but is showing some reflexes,” Burch said. “Please just continue to pray. We are trusting God for her complete healing.”