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  • On Saturday, 10 people were killed in a fiery multivehicle crash more than 30 miles south of Montgomery during the storm.
  • Eight children ages 4 to 17 who were passengers in a van that belonged to a youth ranch for abused or neglected children were killed in the accident.
  • Authorities said the vehicles likely hydroplaned.

At least 13 people were killed in Alabama over the weekend due to the effects of Tropical Storm Claudette, including 10 children, according to The Associated Press (AP). 

The storm battered the southeastern United States over the weekend, bringing heavy rains, high winds and flash flooding to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, as it moved toward the Carolinas. 


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On Saturday, 10 people were killed in a fiery multivehicle crash more than 30 miles south of Montgomery during the storm. 

Eight children ages 4 to 17 who were passengers in a van that belonged to a youth ranch for abused or neglected children were killed in the accident. The van was heading back to the ranch after a weeklong beach vacation.

Ranch director Candice Gulley was the only survivor and was pulled out of the burning vehicle by a bystander. 

A 29-year-old man and his 9-month-old daughter in a separate vehicle also died in the crash. 

Authorities said the vehicles likely hydroplaned, according to AP.  

Multiple other people were also injured in the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident. 


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AP reports a 24-year-old man and 3-year-old boy also died Saturday when a tree fell on their home just outside of Tuscaloosa, and a 23-year-old woman died when her car ran off the road into a creek. 

After being downgraded to a depression, Claudette strengthened into a tropical storm once again Monday morning with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and began moving into the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center


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Published on Jun 21, 2021