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Alabama Mourns Nine Children, One Adult Left Dead in 'Most Horrific Accident' in County History

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Ten people died in a fiery crash Saturday on Interstate 65 in Alabama.

“This was probably the most horrific accident in Butler County history,” said Butler County Sheriff Danny Bond, according to Al.com. He said that 18 vehicles overall were involved in the collision.

Eight of the victims were in a Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch vehicle. The other two — a man and his 9-month-old daughter — were in a small SUV, Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock said.

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Hydroplaning as a result of the wet roadway is considered to be a contributing cause of the accident.

A bystander dragged the driver of the Girls Ranch bus from the wreck, but could not save the girls, Garlock said.

“It was too late to get back to them because the bus was engulfed in fire,” Garlock said.

The dead girls ranged in age from 4 to 17, he said. Many were from Reeltown.

The bus was driven by Candice Gully, who was the director of the Tallapoosa County facility, said Michael Smith, CEO of the Alabama Sheriff’s Youth Ranches. Two of Gulley’s own children died in the wreck, Smith said. Gulley is recovering, Smith said.

A second Girls Ranch bus was also on the trip. There was no injuries on the second bus. The girls on board that vehicle did not see the carnage, AL.com reported.

“I thank God for that,” Smith said, according to the news outlet.

Smith said a long mourning period has begun.

“All of the families have been notified. We’re certainly in a grieving process,” he said.

“I’ve never seen a tragedy or heard of a tragedy like this in my entire life,” Smith said. “I’m still certainly trying to process what’s going on here, I just know that God is leading me in the direction to continue to try to help the girls who survived and be here with them.”

The children who died included foster children, children placed by families and children whose parents were chaperones on the trip.

“All of the children that are deceased that were on that van loved God and they are in a better place. Our Christian values will get us through this situation. All that we ask your readers do is please keep us in their prayers and pray for our extended family, our ranch family. We need prayer,” Smith said. according to AL.com.

“We have grief counseling. We have pastors meeting with all of our ranches and we’re trying to help them. They’ve been traumatized once again their lives by losing their family. On this ranch, this is their family. They have lost a big portion of their family.”

Smith said the survivors and their families need prayers.

“All of our kids have been through a lot of trauma and they just need help and need love and we love these girls like they are our own children,” Smith said. “I know that God won’t put anything on us that we can’t handle. But I will tell you, I’ve had a lot of questions in the past 24 hours. But praying is healing.”

The victims in the SUV were named as Cody Fox, 29, and Ariana Fox. Hayle Anderson, who was Fox’s fiance, was injured in the crash.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Sheriff's Helicopter Swoops In on People Trapped by Floodwaters, Camera Catches Daring Rescue in First-Person View

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As floodwaters deluged parts of Arizona, a daring helicopter rescue Friday plucked two people from a mobile home that was caught in fast-moving water. Monsoons struck Arizona last week, triggering severe flooding. Drivers who tried to make their way across flooded roads, despite advice to avoid driving, often became stranded. Floodwaters rushed through streets in Flagstaff, Arizona after storms brought heavy rainfall. Weather warnings have been issued to locals residents to warn of more flooding and heavy downpour. pic.twitter.com/X8lHGS8yEK — Newsweek (@Newsweek) July 19, 2021 On Friday, Daisy Mountain Fire and Rescue received a report of a mobile home that was caught in the flooding in New River. The water was too high for any ground units to reach those trapped inside. Authorities reported that water was pouring through the windows of the mobile home, and officials were afraid it would tip over, according to KNXV-TV. That left one option — an air rescue. A Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office helicopter flew to the partially submerged vehicle. In a video released by the sheriff’s office, which dramatically shows the extent of the waters rampaging through New River’s streets, the helicopter closes in on a vehicle with two people sitting on it, only a few feet from the rapidly rising water. We are here to provide #safety to our community but please be mindful of the dangers posed by moving water and entering flooded areas. Here’s a video of our MCSO aviation unit rescuing a driver after his vehicle got stuck in a wash. pic.twitter.com/tO3TL12tPw — Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (@mcsoaz) July 24, 2021 “We are here to provide #safety to our community but please be mindful of the dangers posed by moving water and entering flooded areas. Here’s a video of our MCSO aviation unit rescuing a driver after his vehicle…

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Off-Duty Firefighter Jumped by Mob Who Tell Him It's 'Fight Night' Before Brutal Beating

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Asking for a little old-fashioned respect can be the prelude to a beatdown in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City. The New York Post has released video of a Friday night incident in which a rabid mob of teenagers surrounded and then attacked an off-duty firefighter as he walked his dog near his home in the borough of Queens. Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, who founded the civic protection group the Guardian Angels in 1979, posted the video to Twitter. Warning: The following video contains graphic images and language that some readers will find disturbing. Last night in Middle Village a mob of kids attacked a man who asked them to stop blasting fireworks. #NYPD from the 104th precinct were there but did nothing. The community reached out to #NYC Mayoral candidate #CurtisSliwa & the #GuardianAngels to find these vicious teens pic.twitter.com/uVJkBUJ0L1 — Curtis Sliwa for NYC Mayor (@CurtisSliwa) July 24, 2021 The 44-year-old victim, whose name was not released by the Post, said he is among those who have objected to the deterioration of his community,  and taken the dangerous stand of telling teenagers to behave as if rules really mattered. Retribution for preaching civility arrived Friday night. “There were at least 100 kids … I was walking my dog. They just picked me out and approached me,” the firefighter told the Post in a Saturday interview. “One kid took his shirt off and said, ‘it’s fight night!’ He said he was 19 and said, ‘I could fight you.’ Everyone took their cell phones out. There were cell phones everywhere,” the victim said. “They all came at me…A kid came up behind me and hit me in the back of the head with a bottle and I let go of the dog,” he said. With the dog barking…

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