On Saturday, a multi-vehicle accident occurred in Alabama, which killed 10 people, including 8 children riding in a foster family bus when the tropical depression Claudette swept the south. The Butler County Coroner said in a statement issued by Jon Paepcke of WVTM 13 News that the accident was caused by a vehicle being water-skid on a bridge on Interstate 65, resulting in a chain involving at least 15 vehicles. reaction.
A bus carrying 8 children between the ages of 4 and 17 caught fire. These children were from a foster-family girl ranch in Tarapsa County. A bystander was able to take the driver out of safety but was unable to return to the children.
Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock told AL: “It’s too late to return to them now because the bus was engulfed by fire.” Alabama State Police, who runs a girl ranch in Camp Hill, Alabama Michael Smith, executive director of Long Youth Ranch, said the accident was a terrible tragedy. “Today we are in a very heavy mood, and our ranch family suffered heavy losses,” Smith said in a statement. “This morning, I’ve been thinking about how we don’t always understand why things happen.”
Several girls were supervised by the Alabama Department of Human Resources, which oversees the state’s foster care system. “We are heartbroken for all the lives lost in this devastating accident. Tarapsa County Girls Ranch gave these young women the gift of hope and empowered them to overcome difficulties,” Department Commissioner Nancy Buckner said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. When we look back on their lives, While mourning their passing, he was relieved that their hearts were filled with the love, happiness, and friendship that all children deserve.”
In addition to the ranch residents, the victims also included two guests. The Associated Press reported that the ranch manager was 4 years old. The Associated Press reported that the ranch manager was a bus driver and was expected to be seriously injured. A 9-month-old baby and his 29-year-old father were riding a bicycle at the time.
Butler County Coroner said the truck was also killed in the crash. The father, identified as Cody Fox was pronounced dead at the scene, and the baby Ariana Fox was taken to the Greenville Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Other vehicles were also injured, but none of them is life-threatening.
The accident occurred near Fort Deposit, Alabama. When the storm passed through the area, Butler County received as much as 2 inches of rain on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Check the vehicle’s forward-collision warning system and the integrity of the bus’s fuel tank. Alabama law enforcement agencies are seeking help to gather information about the accident and are asking the public to submit photos and videos.