A Florida mother and her two young kids died in a fiery crash Monday when their SUV hit an alligator crossing a highway.
It is unclear whether the mom and children were trapped in the wreckage of the vehicle, 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. The auto then ran off the road, hit a tree and caught fire, officials say. "I'll go, 'That's Amber.' And I know it's not", he continued.
The vehicle, a Kia Soul, burst into flames on impact, killing Stanley and her two children - Jack, 4, and Autumn, 2 - on the scene, police said. The trio had determined to go for a weekend journey on the time of their loss of life. "I'm still kind of processing though", Stanley told CBS Jacksonville, Florida, affiliate WJAX-TV.
"It's been laborious. I imply, I do know it occurred. Or, even some kids say 'dad" or some thing.
Mr Stanley was supposed to join his family on their trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but had to attend work training out of state.
Mr Stanley said Amber loved to visit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and he was organizing a memorial at the zoo as early as Friday.
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending information digital producer for Fox Information.