Two separate car crashes on an Alabama highway left a mother and her young daughter dead.
Dekalb County police said both crashes happened Tuesday afternoon near the family’s home.
According to AL.com, 39-year-old Julia Yates Patterson's Ford Explorer car collided head-on with a Dodge Ram on highway Alabama 117 around 3 p.m.
Police said Patterson was the only person in her vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two people in the Dodge were taken to Erlanger Hospital.
About a half hour after Patterson's accident, police said her 8-year-old daughter Libby Patterson was hit by a car while crossing the street on the same highway.
According to Times Free Press, the little girl had just gotten off her school bus minutes before she was struck by the vehicle. A family member also told the outlet that Libby had recently celebrated a birthday.
The driver was not injured but Libby was pronounced dead at the scene.
"It's such a terrible thing to happen," Dekalb County Coroner Tom Wilson told the outlet.
Friends of the girl's father, Kevin Patterson, set up an account on YouCaring seeking donations.
"I'm sure that there will be a lot of expenses incurred and the last thing we want is for him to have to worry about that," they wrote. "We want him to have plenty of time to grieve and take the time he needs away from work to heal."
Police are still investigating both car crashes.