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Mother and father killed in crash on I-75

By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A family trip to visit a college took a tragic turn early this morning.

47-year-old Jonathan Simmons and his wife, 46-year-old Undine Simmons of Anthony, Florida, were both killed in a collision just past the 17 mile marker in Valdosta.

"We were dispatched about 1:15 this morning," says Battalion Chief Ralph Catlett of the Valdosta Fire Dept.  "We dispatched three units out to the interstate."

The Simmons' front tire blew out as they drove up I-75, so they pulled over to the median.

"He got out to look at the tire, and I understand his wife got out on the passenger side to come around to be with him," says Lowndes County Coroner, Bill Watson. 

Their van was struck by a passing Ford Explorer, and both parents were killed in the collision.  Their 21 year old twin daughters, Cecilia and Dawn-Marie, were in the back seat at the time.

"The young ladies lost their mother and their daddy, and had to witness the entire event," says Watson. 

The twins were not seriously injured.  They were treated and released from South Georgia Medical Center this morning.  Doctors from the hospital put them up at a local hotel.

"Normally, we don't have fatalities such as this, but the interstate's a dangerous place," says Chief Catlett. 

The four passengers in that SUV were treated at South Georgia Medical Center, though none was seriously injured.  The Simmons twins were joined Thursday by their older sister who lives in Hunstville, Alabama, and were visited by a local pastor.

 

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