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Mother, 2 children die after car hit Alligator on I-95 in South Carolina



BOWMAN, S.C. – A mother and her two young children have died after their car hit an alligator on Highway 95 in South Carolina, authorities said. Orange County Corner Sean Fogle said 24-year-old Amber Stanley, her 4-year-old son Jack, and 2-year-old daughter, Autumn, died of burns when their car hit a tree and caught fire after beating the alligator.

Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said the alligator crossed the northern lanes of I-95 near Interstate 26 exit when Stanley's Kia Soul struck the beast around 1

2:50 pm on Monday.

Fogle said the family came from Callahan, Florida.

Josh Stanley said he was the only survivor of the family and was out of town when his wife and kids went on a weekend getaway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

"It was tough." I mean, I know that it happened is some sort of processing, though, Stanley said CBS Jacksonville, Florida, affiliate WJAX TV.

He added, "I'll walk around and I I'm just going to see something out of the corner of my eye, I go, "That's Amber," and I know it's not, but it's only the first thing that concerns my brain. Or, some kids say & # 39; dad & # 39; or so. "

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