Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Mother, 2 kids killed in fiery crash on I-95

Mother, 2 kids killed in fiery crash on I-95

Authorities said their vehicle struck the alligator around 1 a.m. near mile marker 86 where I-95 meets I-26 in Orangeburg County.

Amber Stanley, 2 2-4, along with her kids, Jack, 4, and Autumn, 2, were driving Interstate 95, near the Inter State 26 exit, just earlier 1 a.m. Monday if Stanley's vehicle struck the alligator, " said Sean D. Fogle, " the Chief Deputy Coroner using the Orangeburg County Coroner's Office. "They were my life".

"As far as the future, I have no idea", Stanley told People.

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At a park in Florida where his kids used to play, Stanley told WJAX in Jacksonville he hasn't even begun processing the loss. The SUV then hit a tree and burst into flames.

I mean, I understand this just happened. I hugged them and I said I loved them and I'd see them in a week. All three died from the fire.

In the US alone, vehicles hit between 1 million and 2 million animals each year, the equivalent of a collision every 26 seconds, according to insurance industry records cited by the Scientific American. The collision left a mother and her two children dead.

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"When I landed in Atlanta, I couldn't get a hold of her", he said.

Even though alligators are common to the southern part of the state, Trooper Judd Jones with the South Carolina Highway Patrol says seeing alligators on the interstate is something out of the ordinary.

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