Nine children and one adult have been killed following a multi-vehicle collision on a highway in the state of Alabama, US.
The crash, which involved at least 15 vehicles, is believed to have been caused by aquaplaning under heavy rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Claudette, according to Butler County coroner Wayne Garlock while speaking to AFP.
Local media reported that among the dead was a father and a nine-month-old daughter in an SUV as well as eight children, who were aged four to 17, in a van that was transporting them from Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch.
While describing the incident as probably the most horrific accidents in Butler County history, Sherriff Danny Bond stated that at least two of the vehicles that were involved in the collision were 18-wheel trucks.
Both northbound and southbound traffic on Interstate 65 was halted for hours before being reopened today.
The girl’s ranch, which serves as a foster home for abandoned children or children from abusive families, stated on Twitter, “Our hearts are heavy today. Our ranch has suffered great loss… Please send prayers our way,”.