Updated Jun 21, 2021 - Science

NTSB probes deadly Alabama crash as storms lash Southeast and Midwest

Cars are stranded in water as Fourth Street is covered in water between Grant and Dunn after a flash flood Friday night, which left a large portion of downtown flooded
Flash-flooding in Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday. Photo: Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Sunday that it's sent a team to Alabama to help investigate a fiery multi-vehicle crash that killed 10 people, including nine children.

The big picture: Saturday's crash, south of Montgomery, occurred amid a tropical depression that left 13 people dead in Alabama. It triggered flash floods and tornadoes that razed "dozens of homes" in the Southeast over the weekend, per AP. Parts of the Midwest were also badly hit, including Indiana and Chicago, where a tornado struck late Sunday.

Zoom in: Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock told the Washington Post investigators believe a vehicle hydroplaned on "waterlogged roads" at a bridge on Alabama's Interstate 65, causing a "chain reaction."

  • Police said seven vehicles caught fire in the ensuing pile-up. Eight children died in a Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch van, operated by the Alabama Sheriffs Association. A man and his baby died in another vehicle during the crash.
  • Ranch director Candice Gulley, the van's sole survivor after a bystander pulled her from the flames, was in a serious but stable condition in a hospital, AP reports.

What to watch: "Claudette is expected to slowly strengthen over the Carolinas as it approaches the Mid-Atlantic Coast from the west," the NWS said in a statement Sunday.

  • "Tropical Storm conditions are expected to develop along the coastal regions of the Carolinas before the storms moves into the Atlantic. Severe storms are possible across the Northeast U.S. Monday."

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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