2 children confirmed dead in I-65 crash

Published 2:32 pm Monday, December 30, 2013

Two children were killed and three other people were injured Sunday night in a wreck involving an Andalusia man on Interstate 65, three miles south of Atmore.

Seven-year-old Naziya Gillis and nine-year-old Nadir Gillis, both of Camp LeJeune, N.C., were pronounced dead after the 2010 Dodge Challenger they were passengers in was struck by a 2000 freightliner truck driven by 57-year-old Terry Allen Wyatt of Andalusia.

According to Kevin Cook, public information officer with the Alabama Department of Public Safety, the five-vehicle crash occurred at the 51- mile marker, and also injured the driver of the Dodge, 28-year-old Isom Hodges, as well as a third passenger, 30-year-old Labricia

Hodges, both of Camp LeJeune. Both were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The driver of a 2004 Nissan, William C. Rousey, 42 of Lexington, Ky., was also injured. Rousey was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.

According to Cook, the drivers of the other vehicles were not injured, and no additional details were available as of press time.

In her last Facebook post Sunday, Labricia Hodges wrote that she and her family enjoyed their holiday, spent visiting family.

“Well, on the road we go,” she wrote. “We have enjoyed seeing everyone this holiday season. We love you all. We didn’t get to see everyone. Wish we could have.”

The crash remains under investigation by the Alabama State Troopers office.