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2 girls die in I65 accident

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The back end of the Challenger was crushed when the Freightliner hit it.

Last Sunday, Labricia Hodges posted the following on her Facebook page: “Well, on the road we go. We have enjoyed seeing everyone this holiday season. We love you all.”

That night, at about 10:50, life changed for Labricia Hodges and her husband Isom Hodges. And life ended for the two little girls riding in their Dodge Challenger.

The five-vehicle accident occurred Sunday, December 29, at about the 51-mile marker southbound on Interstate 65, south of the Jack Springs Road / Poarch exit, according to Trooper Kevin Cook, Public Information / Education Unit, Alabama Department of Public Safety.

Two were killed and three were injured.

The two who died were identified as Nadir Gillis, 9, and Naziya Gillis, 7, both of Camp LeJeune, N.C. They were passengers in the 2010 Dodge Challenger driven by Isom Hodges, 28. Labricia Hodges, 30, was a passenger in the car. Both are of Camp LeJeune. Both were transported to the hospital for treatment.

Their car was struck from behind by a 2000 Freightliner truck driven by Terry Allen Wyatt, 57, of Andalusia.

Another driver, William C. Rousey, 42, of Lexington, Ky., was driving a 2004 Nissan and was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

At 8:26 a.m., Monday morning, Trp. Cook issued a release stating that troopers were still on the scene. The Alabama Department of Transportation had closed and re-routed traffic on I65 southbound at the 54-mile marker and advised it would be closed for a couple of more hours while clean-up was being done.

The two other drivers involved sustained no injuries.

No additional details were available as Alabama State Troopers continue their investigation.

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