Family hit by tragedy again after morning car crash - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Family hit by tragedy again after morning car crash

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A tragic twist to a deadly crash. A husband and wife were killed when their pick-up truck slammed into a semi. Now, we have learned their son was killed in a similar crash just two weeks ago.

Giant flames shot out of a pickup on Thomas street  around 11 o'clock Thursday morning. By the time police and fire crews got to the victims, Deborah Hale, who is a wheel chair bound MS sufferer was dead inside the truck and her husband William, the driver, died later at the Med.

"When the police officer told me my mother was dead that was hard. I had a hard time breathing then Dad was in ICU. He was fighting. He went to be with his wife," son B.J. Hale said.

It is an awful loss for B.J. Hale, who sat in his father's chair as he talked.

"I can only hope to grow up to be the man he was," Hale said.

What is unimaginable is that Hale's married brother with 3 children died in a car crash just two weeks before his parents.

"He is my best friend. He was a pipe welder. Worked hard for a living. He  was on his way to work when he got killed," Hale said.

Hale had trouble believing it when he got the call about his brother.

"I couldn't believe it for hours but I knew. I wanted to hope he was wrong," Hale said.

According to police reports, Hale's brother James Andrew was driving near Presidents Island when he crossed the line and hit another car, killing the female driver.

Hale's parents died after the pickup they were driving hit a dump truck filled with tires. Police said William Hale veered to the left and ran head on into the dump truck.

B.J. Hale sits in his father's chair surrounded by family pictures.

"There's no words. Hallmark doesn't make a card for that," Hale said.

There is more tragedy in the Hale family.

Six months ago B.J. Hale's uncle died in yet another car crash.


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