Retired teacher, grandchildren killed in I-10 wreck

(WALA) – According to a report, tragic news comes out of Northwest Florida.

A retired Thomasville Elementary School teacher and two of her grandchildren, also from Thomasville, were killed July 29 in a head-on auto collision.

Diane Downey
Diane Downey

It happened just before 2:30 p.m. on Interstate 10 in Leon County, which is not far from Tallahassee.

Diane Downey and her grandchildren were riding in their car when it collided with a semi. They were pronounced dead on the scene.

The Florida Highway Patrol says their vehicle was going eastbound, when it swerved into the westbound lanes and hit the big rig.

FOX10 has also learned another car was involved in the crash, but it’s still unclear how that other car was involved.

We spoke with Thomasville Mayor Sheldon Day, who said Ms. Downey taught his children:

“Ms. Downey was a wonderful teacher who taught for many years at Thomasville Elementary School. She has been retired for several years and will long be remembered as someone who loved her children in her classroom just like her own kids and her own grandkids.”

There were two people in the semi. The driver wasn’t hurt but a passenger in the truck needed medical care. The accident blocked both east and westbound lanes.

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