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.
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.
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.
Zachary Hansen, a Georgia native, covers economic development and commercial real estate for the AJC. He's been with the newspaper since 2018 and enjoys diving into complex stories that affect people's lives.