The wife, aunt and family friend of a volunteer firefighter who died suddenly last week have been killed in a horrific car accident on the way to his funeral.
Jayson Lowery, 29, died earlier this month from a brain condition, leaving behind his wife Desiree Lowry and their three daughters.
Tragically, the 32-year-old mum was killed in a devastating car crash on Saturday just hours before his funeral in Richville, New York State, WWNY reports.
Mr Lowry’s aunt, Jackie Henry, 34, and family friend Lorraine Stevens, 25, were rushed to hospital but also died from injuries sustained in the accident.
It’s believed they were heading back to town after picking up a relative who also wanted to attend the service.
To make matters even worse, the devastating wreckage was first discovered by Mr Lowry’s uncle, Jim Henry — Jackie Henry’s husband.
Mr Henry told WWNY he rushed over to help his wife and 14-year-old daughter, who was also in the car, after spotting it on its roof in a creek just off the road.
“There was a lot of adrenaline and stuff. When I jumped in the water, like, it didn’t even cross my mind; it was just automatically getting the people out,” Mr Henry said, adding that he could hear his daughter screaming for help.
Mr Henry was able to pull the 14-year-old and severely-injured relative from the car. Both are expected to survive.
“Don’t take life for granted. You never know when it’s going to end,” he said.
'You can’t wrap your mind around it'
The tragic series of events have left Mr Lowry’s three young girls orphaned. Mr Henry’s four children have also lost their mum.
Richville Fire Chief Corie Farr told the publication he was stunned to receive a call about the crash while preparing for the volunteer firefighter’s funeral.
“I couldn’t believe this was happening. To have a brother fireman that we’re laying to rest and to respond to a call involving his wife and aunt. You can’t wrap your mind around it,” he said.
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