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Memorial Saturday for Autauga Co. sisters killed in I-65 crash

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AUTAUGA CO., AL (WSFA) -
The family of the two sisters killed in the crash on I-65, have set the memorial for both women for Saturday, February 15th at New Peace and Goodwill Baptist Church in Autaugaville.

Emma Mae Livingston didn't know that when she spoke to her granddaughters- 27-year-old Kimberly Livingston and 22-year-old Marquita Speer- on the phone Sunday, it would be the last time she'd hear their voices.

At 11 p.m. Sunday, a Ford LTD the sisters were riding in with three other men broke down on Interstate 65 N in Autauga County near mile marker 189.

State Troopers say their preliminary findings show that the disabled car suffered mechanical problems and none of it's lights were working when it came to a stop in the roadway.

According to officials, the male passengers got out and were frantically trying to work on the car and move it out of the way of traffic. 

Tragedy struck as an approaching tractor trailer slammed into the car and both vehicles burst into flames.

Troopers working the accident could not even determine the year model of the Ford LTD due to damage from the flames. 

The sisters, Autauga County natives, were killed.  Two of the passengers who were working on the car suffered serious injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. 

For the family of the two women, it's double the loss and double the pain. Marquita, or Lulu as she was called, was living in Montevallo and spent the day with her sister. She is described as a fun-loving person whose smile brought joy to those around her. Kimberly, who went by Rue, was a "nice, good-hearted person" and a devoted mother to her two children. 

"It's just hard to lose two people at the same time. It's just hard.  It hurts every time I talk about it. It hurts because I won't see them anymore and because of the way they had to go. I'm going to miss my granddaughters. I just loved them but God loved them best," their grandmother said. 

Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate the deadly crash and the victims' family hopes to learn more about how the accident in the hopes of gaining some closure. 

"I don't want this to happen to anyone else like it happened to my grandkids. I pray every day that people out there on the road would be more careful because this was a tragedy and it took a lot from us," Emma Mae Livingston added. 
 

Troopers worked another fatal crash on that stretch of the interstate the day before. A single-vehicle crash at 4:55 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, claimed the life of a Jones man, troopers said in a press release. Cornelius Danyell Person, 25, was killed when the 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme he was driving left the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned. The crash occurred on Interstate 65 northbound five miles north of Prattville. No other details were released as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.

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