A tragic crash in Butler County, Alabama left nine children and one adult dead Saturday afternoon. The pile-up involved more than a dozen vehicles.
CBS Austin reports the fatal crash occurred on Interstate 65 northbound involving a total of 17 vehicles, including two commercial vehicles. Seven of the vehicles involved caught fire.
Eight of the children killed were occupants of a van belonging to the Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches which was being used in Tallapoosa County at the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch. The ages of the children included a 3-year-old, 8-year-old, 12-year-old, 14-year-old, 15-year-old, two 16-year-olds, and a 17-year-old.
The driver of the van, Candice Gulley, was pulled from the wreckage and survived; however, Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches Chief Executive Office Michael Smith confirmed two of the children killed in the crash were Gulley’s.
The van was one of two vans transporting children with the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch back from a trip to the Gulf Shores.
Two other victims killed in the collision were in a separate vehicle. They have been identified as Cody Fox, 29, and his nine-month-old daughter, Ariana Fox. A third passenger in Fox’s vehicle was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
The information below compiled by SaferAmerica.com.
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