See the Heavenly Photo That's Bringing Families Comfort After a Fatal Car Crash

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Sometimes in the midst of unimaginable tragedy, there are signs of hope -- if you choose to see them. And people are definitely seeing hope in an amazing photo taken at the scene of a horrible car accident, which claimed the lives of two young mothers and a 9-month-old girl: Shining over the crash site is a beam of light that appears to be ascending from the road up to the sky, with two orbs floating in the middle. 

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Twenty-three-year-old Hannah Simmons, her infant daughter A'lannah, and her 28-year-old friend Lauren Buteau were all killed in an accident in Gainesville, Georgia, on April 25. Simmons reportedly lost control of her Subaru Legacy and hit another vehicle. The crash was so serious that traffic on Georgia's Route 347 was backed up for quite some time. Realizing that she was going to be late, stranded driver Anisa Gannon snapped a pic of the accident as proof that she had a legit reason for being tardy (as so many of us have done in that position!). But later on, when her aunt Tara Noble looked at the photo, she was shocked to see the seemingly celestial apparition.

"Oh my gosh, it's a pathway to heaven," Noble said.

And it sure does look like one:


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"I don't believe in coincidences, especially the two 'lights' inside that bigger light," Noble told Today.

"It brought the families peace, whether it's a glare or not," she said. "It's indescribable, basically, and it does look like them leaving."

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Thanks to Noble, the picture did indeed bring the families peace, as she took it upon herself to seek out the crash victims' loved ones and share the photo with them. 

"That picture was taken for a reason -- to give me sanity," Hannah's mother Judy Simmons told Today.

"Hannah was also my best friend, and she's looking down from heaven now."

According to Hannah's cousin Paige Wilson, Hannah and Lauren Buteau (who had a 5-year-old daughter) had been best friends since childhood -- they even called each other sisters, as Wilson told Today. A'lannah is remembered as a lively, happy little girl who loved the show Dog the Bounty Hunter. And while they will be deeply missed, their family is holding on to the hope that they're in a better place -- and they believe the photo is proof. They also hope that this photo will extend the same peace to others who need it.

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"If it is able to change even one person's faith for the better, something's been done right," Wilson said.

Chances are the photo is doing a lot to lift quite a few people's spirits, as it quickly went viral. And whether or not you believe in signs like this one (or are more likely to dismiss them as a camera glitch or trick of the light), it's an undeniably beautiful image filled with hope and wonder. And we could all use a little of that!

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