Lori Coble was headed home one day in 2007 with her three children: a 5-year-old named Kyle, Emma, 4, and Katie, 2, when their lives suddenly changed drastically. As Lori was driving down the California road, a truck carrying 40,000 pounds of cargo at 70 mph crashed into the back of the family’s minivan.
The four family members were rescued but sent to different hospitals.
Lori survived, but the best experts were not able to save her three children
Even though the doctors were able to save Lori, she suffered from the massive impact from the truck. She did not have any memory of the accident.
She explained to Meredith Vieira that the last thing she remembered was driving and looking in the rear-view mirror and seeing her three children in the back seat.
Kyle was playing his Nintendo, Emma was watching a movie, and Katie was napping. Her husband, Chris, had to inform his wife of the terrible accident and the loss of their three children.
Even though the parents mourned their babies, they did not want their deaths to be in vain. The two began to investigate the trucking industry and its faults.
The Cobles were given justice when Jorge Miguel Romero, who already had a history of speeding, plead no contest to three counts of vehicular manslaughter, but the family wanted a bigger change.
In the midst of fighting for change, the couple got unbelievable news
Chris explained that something needed to be done about the dangerous aspects of the trucking job.
“For a lot of truckers, if that truck isn’t rolling, they’re not getting paid, which really sets up an entire industry where it promotes danger and real safety concerns. These truckers are speeding, and they’re tired, and we’d like to get that changed,” he said.
With all of the fighting for justice, the couple’s quest was put on pause when they received amazing news. It had been six months since the accident, and a pregnancy test revealed that Lori was expecting.
In an unbelievable twist of fate, the pair had been planning for one child, when they should have been planning for three. Lori was carrying two girls and a boy, just like the children they lost.
“Your mind can’t even think otherwise,” Chris said.
“If you feel they’re somewhere watching over you, protecting you, and something like this happens, it’s hard to think that somehow they weren’t involved in crafting this,” he said.
Kyle, Emma, and Katie will never be replaced by their three miracle babies, but Chris believes that their their children that passed were responsible for that coincidence.
Lori explained to Meredith Vieira that the news of the triplets is a miracle. Ashley, Ellie, and Jake turned 9 this year.
“I think Kyle, Emma, and Katie … helped us and had something to do with it.”