Mother and two young children all die after car hits alligator crossing road

A young mum and her two small children have been killed in a freak accident as she tried to avoid an alligator.

Amber Stanley was driving with her four-year-old son Jack and two-year-old daughter Autumn along a motorway in South Carolina, in the USA.

The car struck an alligator which was crossing the road, causing the car to veer into a tree.

The vehicle burst into flames and all three of the young family were found dead at the scene.

Orangeburg County Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle said 24-year-old Amber and her children died from burns.

Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones told The State the alligator was crossing the northbound lanes of I-95 near the Interstate 26 exit when the Kia Soul hit the animal around 12.50am on Monday.

The family were from Callaghan in Florida.

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