UPDATE (2:24 p.m. 6/20/21) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending 10 investigators to conduct a safety investigation of the June 19 multivehicle crash that killed 10 people on I-65 in Butler County.
The investigation will focus on vehicle technologies such as forward collision warning systems, CMV fuel tank integrity, motor carrier operations and occupant survivability. NTSB investigators will arrive in the area Sunday evening.
UPDATE (2 p.m. 6/20/21): (AP) — An official tells local media that 10 people – including nine children – are dead after a two-vehicle crash in storm-drenched Alabama.
Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock did not release the names of the victims in Saturday’s crash but said that vehicles likely hydroplaned on wet roads. Butler County Sheriff Danny Bond said multiple people were also injured. It was not clear how many were injured.
The Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches said one of its ranch vehicles was involved in the pileup.
A tropical storm swept across the southeastern U.S. on Saturday, causing flash flooding and spurring tornadoes that destroyed dozens of homes.
BUTLER COUNTY (WKRG) — Troopers within the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division responded to a multivehicle crash at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, on I-65 northbound at the 138-mile marker in Butler County. As a result of the crash, both northbound and southbound lanes will be closed for an undetermined amount of time. ALEA is asking everyone to avoid this area and if possible, seek an alternate route.
ALEA’s Highway Patrol Division will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates accordingly. ALEA is asking for the public’s assistance in gathering information and photos regarding the crash. Anyone with photos or videos related to the crash is asked to submit those photos or videos to firstname.lastname@example.org or share via social media @aleaprotects.