9 Children, 1 Adult Killed in Multiple-Vehicle Collision in Alabama

According to several sources, ten individuals were killed in an Alabama multiple-vehicle accident, including nine youngsters and one adult.

On Saturday afternoon, just before 2:30 p.m. local time, a multi-vehicle accident happened on Interstate 65 in Butler County. According to AL.com, the incident involved a small SUV and a bus transporting foster kids from the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch located in Camp Hill.

According to Michael Smith, CEO of the Alabama Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, the young girls from the ranch were traveling back after a trip to the City of Gulf Shores in two vehicles. He added that the first vehicle was involved in the fatal incident and that the girls in the second vehicle were not involved in the wreck.

Additionally, Butler County Sheriff Danny Bond told AL.com that the accident included 18 vehicles in total and several others who sustained non-fatal injuries. “This was probably the most horrific accident in Butler County history,” Bond said.

The incident shut down both northbound and southbound lanes of the road, but they were reopened shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday, according to AL.com.

According to Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock, the young girls killed from the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch varied in age from four to seventeen. Their identities have been withheld “because many were in the care of the state,” according to AL.com.

A bystander pulled the bus driver from the vehicle, but when they attempted to return to recover the children, Garlock stated that they could not do so. “It was too late to get back to them because the bus was engulfed in fire,” he said.

Candice Gulley, director of the Tallapoosa County facility, was eventually identified as the driver of the car involved in the crash, Smith explained. Gulley is currently undergoing treatment in a hospital.

In the other vehicle, a father and a 9-month-old girl were also killed. They were eventually identified as Cody and Ariana Fox. According to AL.com, Cody was pronounced dead at the scene, while Ariana died later at the Regional Medical Center in Greenville.

The ranch revealed in a Facebook post that one of its buses was involved in the fatal crash, stating that their facilities “suffered great loss.”

“Please send prayers our way as we navigate this difficult time,” the organization stated.