A woman has spoken out about her "unimaginable" tragedy after three of her siblings were killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver.
Lindy Rae Simmons, 20, Kamryn Simmons, 15, and Christopher Simmons, 17, from Louisiana, USA were killed after being hit by a pick-up truck that was driving the wrong way down a highway, police said.
Their mum was also hospitalised with serious injuries, according to reports.
The smash happened as the family returned home to Jeanerette from a basketball game in the city of Monroe, in which Christopher's school were playing. His girlfriend Marissa was also in the car, Katc.com reported.
That was on Friday night, now, the second oldest of nine siblings, Katie (Simmons) DeRouen, is appealing for help.
She has created a GoFundMe account to assist her parents with expenses surrounding the tragedy.
Writing on the funding page, she said: "I don’t know how to start or where to begin, or how to get through typing this. My name is Katie (Simmons) DeRouen. I am the 2nd of 9 children of Ray and Dawn Simmons.
"My parents are two of the most caring people to have as parents. They have dedicated and sacrificed so much, and then some, for us."
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She said she was at a Christmas party when she learned there was a crash.
"My dad called me as I was at a Christmas party and told me 'Mom got in a wreck. It’s not looking good, but she’s stable'. I flew to the hospital, crying along the way, thinking my mom was hurt but absolutely not thinking anything worse," she wrote.
"When we arrived at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center, my brother, Shea and Dad were frantic as they just learned from Facebook that the accident involved two fatalities."
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At that point, it was only known that the driver of the pick-up and Lindy Rae, the driver of the SUV, were victims in the crash.
Eventually, it was learned that the three young siblings had died.
A "selfish, scum of the earth human, decided to get behind the wheel intoxicated and ploughed head-on into my family’s car," Katie wrote on the GoFundMe page.
Posting on Twitter, their older brother Shea wrote: "The unimaginable happened to me last night. My life will forever be changed. I lost my 3 babies.
"Hit by a drunk driver head-on. My 3 youngest siblings. Gone. My mom is still in ICU, and we are praying she makes it. Please pray for my family."
The fundraiser has so far raised almost $350k (£265k) of a $50k (£38k) goal.
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