The grieving mother of two children killed in a car accident two weeks ago has recalled the horrific aftermath of the crash, which authorities say was caused by "driver fatigue".
Crystal Sparks, who is seven months pregnant, was driving from Antonio, Texas, to their home in San Diego with her husband Brad, 42, and their six children Cameryn, 14, Bailey, 12, Landon, 10, Sadie, 7, Jackson, 5, and Wilson, 3, when she lost control of her car.
"Last Sunday morning, as we lay trapped in our car in the dark, upside down and in shock, I wondered if thats how we would die," Ms Sparks wrote in an emotional Facebook post.
"Brad was quick to start checking on the kids - calling out their names. Sadie was able to tell us that she could see Landon outside of the car but his eyes were closed, but that Bailey was missing."
Ms Sparks says her soul "immediately shrivelled".
"Later, as I lay in the first hospital waiting to be transferred out, I overheard the doctor telling Brad in the hall that we had lost Bailey and Landon."
And while she says her heart was crushed in an instant, "knowing life on earth would never be the same," the mum is relying on her faith to help her in her grief.
"The thoughts of everything they will never do on earth haunt me a little, make me weep. My babies are safe for eternity and I will see them again. They are with their little brother or sister we never met, as well as so many loved ones who have already gone before them."
It has taken me a couple of days to get this posted because I have been so taken back by this tragedy. On Sunday, the unthinkable happened where my 7 month pregnant niece Crystal and her husband and six kids were traveling home from a 2 week vacation from San Antonio Texas when they lost control of their Suburban and rolled multiple times off the freeway in Deming New Mexico and landed upside down off the road where no one could see them. In one of the most horrific accidents that this area has ever had. After being suspended upside down, a few of the kids were able to release themselves from their seat belts but the parents were complete stuck with no room to move. Brad, their father unable to move, used his Apple Watch to call 911 but he was stuck unable to move an inch for well over an 1 1/2 hours until authorities used the Jaws of Life to get him out. Tragically my beautiful niece Bailey age 12 and sweet nephew Landon 10 both died with fatal injuries at the scene. With 2 Life Flight helicopters and 6 ambulances the rest of the family were transported to two different hospitals and are now all recovering in a hospital in El Paso, Texas. With many injuries they are all slowly recovering however Crystal is still in the hospital still with many injuries but the heart beat of the baby is still okay and she is due in October. I am asking for many prayers for this family to mend physically and emotionally from this unimaginable event. I will be posting a GoFundMe page soon if anyone wants to help out but right now we need your prayers! GoFundMe link in my bio!
Ms Sparks' aunt Kimberly Piccolo Correia also took to social media photos of the children, noting that the accident was one of the most "horrific" the area has ever seen.
"After being suspended upside down, a few of the kids were able to release themselves from their seat belts but the parents were completely stuck with no room to move," she writes. "Brad used his Apple Watch to call 911 but he was stuck unable to move an inch for well over one and a half until authorities used the Jaws of Life to get him out."
According to Ms Correia, Bailey and Landon both died at the scene.
"With 2 Life Flight helicopters and six ambulances, the rest of the family were transported to two different hospitals and are now all recovering in a hospital in El Paso, Texas. Crystal is still in the hospital still with many injuries but the heart beat of the baby is still okay and she is due in October."
A fundraiser established by Ms Bailey to help the family has raised $223,649 of its $250,000 target.
"It is a miracle that six of the eight family members were able to walk away from this horrific accident," she writes on the page. "They are now beginning the slow process of recovery. Nonetheless, the excruciating physical pain and the unbearable, overwhelming grief is more than just about anyone could bear.
Ms Bailey says the money raised will help the family with funeral costs, medical bills, grief and family counselling, vehicle replacement, daily expenses, "and necessities needed to bring their new child into this world next October".
This crash remains under investigation by the New Mexico State Police.