The crash occurred Saturday roughly 35 miles (55 km ) south of Montgomery on Interstate 65 later vehicles probably hydroplaned on wet streets, said Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock.
Michael Smith, the childhood ranches CEO, stated the van was heading back to the ranch nearby Camp Hill, northeast of Montgomery, following a week in the shore in the Gulf Shores. It caught fire following the mess and Candice Gulley, the ranch manager, was the van only survivor -- pulled out of the flames with a bystander.
"She is likely to endure her bodily injuries," Smith stated. A couple of the dead at the van have been Gulley's kids, ages 4 and 16. Four others were residents and two were guests,'' Smith explained.
"That is the worst tragedy I have been part of in my entire life," said Smith, who drove Sunday into the ranch to speak to the rest inhabitants, who'd returned in Gulf Shores at another van and didn't find the mess.
"Words can't explain what I saw," Smith said of the crash site, which he seen Saturday. "We love those women like they are our very own kids."
The crash claimed the lives of 2 people that were in another car.
"He was a fantastic man and we are actually gont miss him," explained Aaron Sanders, who worked with Fox in the crisis management agency at Marion County. He said Fox also conducted a spa business with his dad and doted on his daughter. "He loved her to death which has been his life"
Numerous people were injured.
The National Transportation Safety Board realised it had been sending 10 researchers into the region Sunday to look into the crash, photographs of that revealed at least four burnt vehicles, such as two big trucks. It said the question would concentrate on automobile technology such as forward collision warning systems, fuel tank integrity and occupant survivability.
A 24-year-old man and also a 3-year-old boy were also killed Saturday when a tree fell on their home just beyond the Tuscaloosa city limits,'' said Capt. Jack Kennedy of those Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit.
Just as 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rainfall was reported previously from Claudette across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Flash flood watches were published Sunday for southern Georgia, the southern-two thirds of South Carolina and the North Carolina shore.
WBRC-TV reported that research efforts were under way of a man considered to have dropped into the water throughout flash flood in Birmingham. Crews were using ships to hunt Pebble Creek.
Garlock reported the positioning of this multi-vehicle mess is"infamous" for hydroplaning, as the northbound highway bends down a mountain into a little creek. Traffic on that stretch of I-65 is generally full of vacationers driving to and from Gulf of Mexico beaches on evenings.
"Butler County has one of their very terrible traffic injuries," county Sheriff Danny Bond composed on Facebook, including:"I think is the worst in our nation."
The Tallapoosa County school program said counselors are available Sunday in the 225-student Reeltown High School, where a number of the ranch inhabitants were pupils. Smith reported the ranch, that will be Christian-based, would probably have a memorial ceremony after, asking for prayers because he started to shout.