Callahan mother, kids died after hitting alligator on I-95

Saul Bowman
May 10, 2018

Josh Stanley (top left) along with his spouse Amber Stanley, 24, (top) along with their kids, Jack, 4, and Autumn, 2.

A young mother and her two toddler children burned to death in their vehicle after hitting a 9ft alligator and slamming into a tree.

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

Andrew Grosse, an alligator biologist with the Department of Natural Resources, said alligators tend to move around during April and May because it's the peak of mating season. "I know certain places on 95 that have a little bit of water and a median in the middle and they're probably some that kind of zip across there pretty quickly". Amber Stanley and her kids were killed Monday when their auto hit an alligator. The husband, Josh, said he was in Pennsylvania for work at the time of this crash.

"It's been laborious. I imply, I do know it occurred".

"I'll be walking around, and I'll just see something out of the corner of my eye. Or, even some kids say 'dad" or some thing. We would've been together coming up on 10 years, ' he told Action News Jacksonville at Ewing Park near their house in Callahan, Florida, where his wife loved to go.

Officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol are investigating the accident.

The Associated Press contributed to this record.

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