Five people from Georgia, including two children, were killed in Alabama on Friday when their car entered the highway from the wrong direction and struck an 18-wheeler, authorities said.
Maria Baltazar, 49, was driving the 2021 Toyota Corolla that collided with the tractor-trailer around 12:30 a.m., Montgomery Police Cpl. Tina McGriff said.
Baltazar was declared dead at the scene along with his passengers, identified as his 27-year-old son Oseas López; his wife, Verónica González, 28 years old; and two of his sons, Christian Lopez Gonzalez, 10, and Edwardo Lopez Gonzalez, 4.
Police told the media that a preliminary investigation indicated that Baltazar entered the road against the flow of traffic before the accident.
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“We would like to remind drivers to remain vigilant and pay close attention to road signs, especially when traveling through unfamiliar areas,” McGriff said.
No details about the driver of the truck were released.
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The victims were from the southwestern Georgia city of Cairo, near the Florida state line, police said.
The relatives hope to raise money to send the bodies back to Guatemala, Ceser Orozco, who described himself as a family friend, told The Montgomery Advertiser. An official fundraiser had not yet been established.