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Friends ask N. Georgia community to support family of 3 killed in wreck

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TRENTON, GA (WRCB) -- A North Georgia family is trying to cope with the loss of losing three loved ones in a deadly car accident. A father and his two daughters were killed Friday when their car crashed on Interstate 24 near the Tennessee-Kentucky line.

Thirty-eight-year-old Michael 'Tony' Mahan and his two daughters lived in Flat Rock, Alabama but have family in North Georgia. A close friend says the girl's mother is taking the news very hard.

"Things like this, people just can't understand. It's hard for it to sink in," says Haley Anderson.

Mahan and his two daughters, 11-year-old Meagan and 15-year-old Savannah, died Friday when their car swerved into oncoming traffic on Interstate 24, colliding with a truck.

Meagan died at the scene. Michael and Savannah passed away at the hospital.

"It breaks my heart for her and her family," says Anderson.

Anderson is a close family friend. She says the news has been hard to take, especially for Meagan and Savannah's mom.

"I think she's in a lot of disbelief right now. She's really needing prayers, too. That's the most important thing, she needs everybody's prayers."

One prayer she has is for the financial needs of such an unexpected tragedy.

"They didn't have any insurance and she's worrying about paying for three funerals," says Anderson.

Anderson started a Facebook page to let the community know about the family's story.

"She's dealing with the loss of three and she just doesn't need the extra worry of the finances," says Anderson.

She says it is the least she can do to remember the lives of 'Tony,' who she calls a great dad, and Meagan and Savannah, who she says were full of life.

"They were really energetic. They were fun-loving. They liked to pull pranks on people, so they were a bit mischievous," she says with a smile.

Anderson just hopes the community gets to know what made this family so special.

"The girls and Tony are at peace, now it's just the ones that are left behind that are not."

The cause of the accident is still under investigation by police. Anderson says a donation fund account is being set up for the Mahan/Gatton family at the Citizens Bank in Trenton, Georgia.

Funeral arrangements have not been able to be made yet. We will pass them along as soon as we get them.

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