Marietta mother, 3 kids killed in fiery crash with tractor-trailer in Texas

Neighbors had nothing but nice things to say about the young family.

A Marietta mother and three of her young children died in an eight-vehicle accident in Texas on Thursday morning, police confirmed to AJC.com.

Chelsea Standberry, 36, and her kids — 10-year-old Anthony, 8-year-old Anaiyah and 6-year-old Chase — were killed in an accident on I-10 near Beaumont, Texas, according to Houston-based news station KHOU.

A fiery wreck on I-10 in Texas killed four people from metro Atlanta. (Photo: KHOU-TV)
A fiery wreck on I-10 in Texas killed four people from metro Atlanta. (Photo: KHOU-TV)

The wreck involved a car, pickup truck, five other passenger vehicles and a tractor-trailer, and it shut down all westbound lanes at Major Drive around 6:30 a.m., Beaumont police told the news station. It’s unknown what caused the wreck.

The car and pickup truck both caught on fire after the wreck, KHOU reported. There were three others in Standberry’s car — her husband, mother-in-law and stepdaughter, who were injured and are recovering in a Texas hospital, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Beaumont police said several people in other vehicles were treated for minor injuries, Channel 2 reported.

A Marietta mother and three kids were killed during an eight-vehicle accident in Texas on Thursday morning. (Photo: KHOU-TV)
A Marietta mother and three kids were killed during an eight-vehicle accident in Texas on Thursday morning. (Photo: KHOU-TV)

Beaumont police told AJC.com on Friday the incident report for the wreck isn’t finished and won’t be available for several days.

Channel 2 reported that Standberry's children attended Mountain View Elementary. The school put out a Facebook post telling parents what happened and offering help with grief counseling.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral and medical expenses. It had raised more than $12,500 of its $50,000 fundraising goal as of Friday evening.

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