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Wreck claims mother, 6-year-old

An Escambia County woman and her 6-year-old daughter died in a car wreck on Middle Creek Road in east Escambia County early Monday morning.

Escambia County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mike Lambert identified the victims as Lori Simmons, 25, and her daughter Zoe, 6. Lambert said it appeared Simmons lost control of the car, veered off the road and hit a tree. The car, a 2005 Toyota Corolla, was engulfed in flames by the time the first witness arrived and called police.

Lambert said Simmons was on her way to take her daughter to Pleasant Home School in Covington County when the wreck occurred.

The accident continues to be under investigation by the Alabama Highway Patrol.