Ten people were killed in a massive pile up crash involving two semi trucks and a bus in Alabama on Saturday.
The accident happened on June 19th at around 2:30 p.m. in Butler County, Alabama.
According to ABC News, the chain-reaction started when two semi trucks crashed and crushed a bus from the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch, which caused an SUV to crash. The collision killed 8 children on the bus, and a father and daughter inside of the SUV.
Investigating officers believe that hydroplaning was a factor in the crash, as the crash occurred just as Tropical Storm Claudette was hitting the area.
The bus driver, Candice Gulley, was rescued from the wrecked bus by a bystander. She reportedly tried to rescue children from the bus but was unable to get past the flames. Two of her own children were on board the bus. Any other injuries sustained in the incident are considered non-life-threatening.
The bus belonged to the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch, a home for girls in need of a place to stay.
“Our hearts are so heavy today. Our Ranch family has suffered a great loss. As many of you may have heard, one of our Ranch vehicles was involved in a multiple car accident yesterday afternoon. It is such a horrible tragedy and loss,” said Michael Smith, chief executive officer of Alabama Sheriff’s Youth Ranches.
“My heart goes out to the loved ones of all who perished during the storm in Butler & Tuscaloosa counties,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said. “Let’s keep these families, communities & first responders lifted in prayer.”
The incident is still under investigation, and 10 investigators began inspecting the scene of the crash on Sunday night. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is even requesting that any witnesses with photos of the event please submit them to law enforcement.
A GoFundMe has been created looking to cover the costs of funerals, medical treatments and counseling.