The crash took place on Interstate 65 in Butler County, Alabama, it was noted by Butler County coroner Wayne Garlock that the eight of the children who died were between the ages of 4 through 17. The children were reportedly riding in a vehicle from the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch, a nonprofit which provides housing for abused and/or neglected children.
The coroner noted that a 29-year-old father along with his 9-month-old daughter was killed in the crash. The driver of the Girls Ranch bus was reportedly the only survivor of the tragic crash as they were pulled from the burning vehicle. Garlock noted that the rescue personnel on the scene were not able to reach the girls in time. ABC reported that the director of the Girls Ranch, and lone survivor, lost two of her children in the tragic crash as well.
Michael Smith—the CEO of the Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranch, says the director is currently in the hospital in serious but stable condition. The crash went down due to the effects of tropical storm Claudette, which reportedly dropped massive amounts of heavy rain on the Southeast this past Saturday.
source: ABC 13