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Tropical Depression Claudette was cited as the likely cause behind a multi-vehicle crash in Alabama on Saturday that killed 10 people, including nine children, officials reported.
Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock said the vehicles likely hydroplaned on the wet roads on Interstate 65. One of the vehicles involved in the crash was from Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch.
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The victims included nine girls. One victim was identified as Cody, 29, from Marion County, Tennessee. He and his nine-month-old daughter, Ariana Fox, were killed in the crash, Garlock told AL.com.
The names of the other eight victims were not released as many were in the care of the state, Garlock said. The girls ranged in age from four to 17-years-old and were on the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch bus.
The ranch serves as a foster home for girls from abusive or abandonment situations, and is supported by sheriffs of several counties.
"Our hearts are heavy today. Our ranch has suffered great loss. As some of you may have heard, one of our ranch vehicles was involved in a multiple car accident this afternoon. Please send prayers our way as we navigate this difficult time," Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch said in a statement posted on.
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For years attempts to make it a permanent federal holiday have been repeatedly shut down by political debates Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. To many Black Americans, Juneteenth holds far more historical and cultural significance than other official holidays. Often called Emancipation Day, or Freedom Day, Juneteenth is a symbol of both generational trauma and progress in America from its long history of slavery. Although 47 states and the District of Columbia already recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday, efforts at federal recognition have stalled in Congress year after year, until now.
The driver of the bus was pulled from the vehicle by a bystander, but the bystander was unable to go back for the children, Garlock told AL.com.
"It was too late to get back to them because the bus was engulfed in fire," Garlock said.
The crash involved 18 vehicles, and about four or five other people suffered nonfatal injuries, Butler County Sheriff Danny Bond said.
"This was probably the most horrific accident in Butler County history," Bond told AL.com.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) was notified of the crash at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Saturday on I-65 northbound at the 138-mile marker.
ALEA is asking for assistance in gathering information regarding the crash on Saturday, through email or social media.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans rejoiced Thursday after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their brethren. “It’s great, but it’s not enough,” said Gwen Grant, president and CEO of the Urban League of Kansas City. Grant said she was delighted by the quick vote this week by Congress to make Juneteenth a national holiday because “it's been a long time coming.”But she added that “we need Congress to protect voting rights, and that needs to happen right now so we don't regress any further.— Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (@ALEAprotects) June 20, 2021
Both the northbound and southbound lanes were closed after the crash. I-65 southbound was reopened on Saturday night, Greenville Police Chief Justin Lovvorn said on.
"Northbound will remain closed for now. Please continue to reroute northbound traffic to Hwy. 31 or Hwy. 185 north," Lovvorn said.
Around 2 a.m. on Sunday, Lovvorn announced I-65 northbound was open as well, but reduced to one lane between the 137- and 138-mile markers. He urged drivers to use extreme caution.
The Associated Press reported that as much as 12 inches of rain fell along the Mississippi Gulf Coast due to Claudette.
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Earlier this week, President Joe Biden signed a bill making June 19 a federal holiday.This holiday was named for, and is celebrated on, June 19 to commemorate the true ending of slavery in the United States. Earlier this week, days before this year's celebration, the House passed legislation after an unanimous vote and President Joe Biden signed a bill into law recognizing Juneteenth as an official federal holiday.