Abbeville police called about fake story
The Abbeville Police Department received phone calls from residents asking about something they read on the Internet dealing with the death of two moms and four children from Abbeville.
It has turned out to be fake news that did not happen in Abbeville this weekend. The incident occurred in California last year.
The story on the Internet said four children and two mothers were killed in a fiery crash in Abbeville on April 30, 2017. It also stated that the two fathers were injured trying to save their family from the burning vehicles.
The men were even named, “Aaron Smith, 34, and William Ariston, 45.
The ages of three children were given. The story said the two families were in a mini-van that stopped on the side of the road after it collided with a BMW.
The mini-van was struck from behind by an 18-wheeler and the van caught fire.
The story said two patrolmen saw the van catch on fire and saw the husbands escape from the burning van.
Well, if you search on the Internet, “Two moms, four children killed in accident,” the city of Abbeville, La. does not come up.
Instead, the city of Gorman, California pops up with almost the same exact story.
The accident did happen
The names of the two real fathers are named Wei Xiong and Aaron Hong Wing Ng.
The story on the Internet over the weekend and last year’s story gives the exact quote from the same police officer, Officer Dan Williams.