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8 kids in youth van among the 13 lives lost to Claudette

 

Gerald Herbert, AP

Danny Gonzales, right, stands in front of his flooded house with his neighbor Bob Neal in Slidell, La., Saturday, June 19, 2021.

ATLANTA - Eight children in a van from a youth home for abused or neglected children were killed in a fiery multi-vehicle crash on a wet interstate that also killed a man and his baby in another vehicle, the most devastating blow from a tropical depression that claimed 13 lives in Alabama as it caused flash floods and spurred tornadoes that destroyed dozens of homes.

The crash happened Saturday about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Montgomery on Interstate 65 after vehicles likely hydroplaned on wet roads, said Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock.

The van, containing children ages 4 to 17, belonged to the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch, a youth home operated by the Alabama Sheriffs Association. Michael Smith, the youth ranches CEO, said the van was heading back to the ranch near Camp Hill, northeast of Montgomery, after a week at the beach in Gulf Shores. It caught fire after the wreck and Candice Gulley, the ranch director, was the van's only survivor - pulled from the flames by a bystander.

https://www.startribune.com/8-kids-in-youth-van-among-the-13-lives-lost-to-claudette/600070179/

 

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