Fiery Eight-Vehicle Crash Claims Lives of Georgia Mother and Three Children in Texas
BEAUMONT, Texas. — WSBTV - A mother, 36 years of age, and her three children aged 10, 8, and 6 tragically died in a horrible eight-vehicle crash in Beaumont, Texas started by a tractor-trailer truck that slammed into the rear of one of the cars involved. The horrendous accident occurred in the early morning hours of September 22, 2018, in the westbound lane of Interstate 10. Police have not publically stated whether they will charge the operator of the tractor-trailer with any crimes related to the crash.*
Beaumont police, fire, and rescue responded to the scene of the accident just before dawn. A spokesperson for the police department said that traffic on I-80 had come to a standstill due to another crash. The deceased were in a car stuck in traffic. A tractor-trailer barreled into the line of vehicles. It is not clear from the initial reports whether the semi-truck slammed into the deceased's car first or if their car was one of the eight cars ultimately involved in the pile-up.
Beaumont police say that the deceased’s SUV erupted into flames, killing four occupants. Thirty-six-year-old Chelsea Stanbury, 10-year-old Anthony Stanbury, Jr., 8-year-old Anaiyah Stanbury, and 6-year-old Chase Stanbury died in the crash. The Stanburys were from Marietta, Georgia. Officers said that three other people in the SUV survived the crash. Others people caught up in the pileup suffered minor injuries.
Police did not indicate their theory about the crash to the press. Officers did say that the road was dry and the road conditions did not contribute to the accident. Additionally, police did not describe the nature of the injuries the deceased family members suffered that caused their deaths. Additionally, police did not indicate why the family was traveling in Beaumont, Texas on I-80 westbound at that time of the morning. Also, the police did not specify where in the SUV the deceased family sat at the time of the crash or whether the family members wore seatbelts.
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