The vehicle then ran off the road, hit a tree and caught fire, officials say.
Amber Stanley, 24, and her two kids, Jack, 4, and Autumn, 2, were driving on Interstate 95 near Interstate exit 26, when Stanley's vehicle struck an alligator, forcing the auto to run off the side of the road and slam into a tree.
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. Stanley and her two youngsters died from thermal accidents, Fogle stated. The husband, Josh, said he was in Pennsylvania for work at the time of this crash.
'Everybody keeps saying "if you need anything, let me know". "I'll go, 'That's Amber.' And I know it's not", he continued. The last thing I said was, 'I love you, and I'll talk to you later, ' he said. "Or, some youngsters say 'dad" or one thing". Josh Stanley stated his spouse cherished visiting the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and he'd like to rearrange a memorial there for his spouse and youngsters.
According to Action News Jax in Jacksonville, FL, Josh Stanley, now the sole survivor of his family, said he was working out of town as his wife and two children traveled through SC.