A Florida mother and her two young kids died in a fiery crash Monday when their SUV hit an alligator crossing a highway.
The impact forced Stanley's vehicle to veer off the road and into the median, where it collided with a tree and caught fire.
Amber Stanley, 24, her son Jack, four, and daughter Autumn, two, collided with the reptile as it crossed I-95 in SC about 12.50am on Monday.
It is unclear whether the mom and children were trapped in the wreckage of the auto, but Sean D. Fogle, the Chief Deputy Coroner with the Orangeburg County Coroner's Office, said all three died from thermal injuries sustained in the blaze, The State noted.
"When I landed in Atlanta, I couldn't get a hold of her", Stanley said.
Stanley's husband, Josh Stanley, advised FOX30 he had been Pennsylvania for work if his spouse and children expired.
The last time I talked to my kids is when I was leaving.
The alligator a woman crashed her vehicle into - which led to her and her children's death - was nine feet long, according to investigators with the S.C. Highway Patrol. I hugged them and I said I loved them and I'd see them in a week - and I was going to miss them'.
He told WJAX he's struggling with coping with their deaths.
"It's been laborious. I imply, I do know it occurred. I'm still sort of processing though", the spouse mentioned.
Amber Stanley was driving when her auto hit on an alligator, inducing the vehicle to go off the trail. "But it's the first thing my brain goes to".