10 dead after 18-car crash on Alabama highway

The NTSB has sent investigators to the scene, which may have been caused by slick roads after Tropical Storm Claudette battered the area.
3:22 | 06/20/21

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We begin with a horrific tragedy in the wake of tropical storm Claudette. Ten people are dead, several, injured, after an 18-car crash in Alabama. New images just coming in. 9 of the 10 victims are children. Many traveling in a van from a girls' ranch that seeks to help vulnerable children. Cody fox and his 9-month-old daughter were also killed. We have late word that the NTSB is sending a team of ten investigators. Elwyn Lopez leads us off from Alabama. Reporter: Tonight, authorities investigating a horrific pileup crash in Alabama that killed ten people, including nine children. 18 vehicles slamming into each other on interstate 65 on Saturday near Montgomery. Some bursting into flames. It's very tragic. Reporter: Officials say two 18-wheelers likely setting off the chain reaction crash. The county coroner saying a car likely hydroplaned on rain-slick roads as Claudette moved through the southeast. Authorities identifying two of the victims. 29-year-old Cody fox and his 9-month-old daughter. Also killed, eight children who were riding in a van from a girls' ranch. A home that seeks to help at-risk children. They were involved in a horrific accident that words can't explain it. We had eight fatalities and one survivor. Reporter: Bystanders rushing in. Rescuing that sole survivor, identified as Kansas gulley. They were not able to get to the children due to the intensity of the heat. Reporter: The smoke and the flames. Yes. Reporter: Gulley losing two of her children, including a 4-year-old. This is such a tragedy, not only for the ranch and for Alabama, it's a national Reporter: Michael Smith, the CEO of the Alabama sheriffs' youth ranches, had just visited the group during their beach vacation. They all wrote me little sticky notes. Put these sticky notes in my office saying how they looked forward to being down there and being together. Reporter: They were on their way back when the van crashed. I'm so happy that I was able to spend time with them this week. I can't tell you what it meant to me. And I just know in my heart that it meant something to them. The sticky notes on the notepad, just a heartbreaking, devastating story in Alabama. Elwyn, what is the latest in the investigation? Reporter: Linsey, the NTSB is sending ten investigators to conduct a safety investigation. The sole survivor is still recovering. She says she wants us to know all the girls were loved. And they're pulling together fund-raising efforts to pay for the funerals. Elwyn, thank you. And now to the latest on

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