At least 12 people were killed in a storm in the US state of Alabama last weekend. US media reported that 9 children and 1 adult were killed in a bus accident, possibly caused by heavy rain and water skiing. A tree fell on the house, and two people were killed.
Since Saturday, “Storm Claudet” has caused floods and gusts of wind, causing some states in the southwest Dozens of houses were destroyed. Rainfall reached 30 cm in some places. But according to Dutch standards, the wind speed in the low-pressure area is too low to be considered a storm.
Truck with children
The fatal accident involving a van full of children occurred south of Montgomery, the capital of Alabama. According to the Associated Press, at least four vehicles may be involved. Due to the bad weather, local authorities are looking for the cause of the water skiing accident.
The bus collided with an SUV and caught fire. Eight passengers between the ages of 4 and 17 did not survive the accident. The manager was rescued from the burning bus by bystanders. She is in a stable condition in the hospital.
‘The worst tragedy’
Inside the SUV, a 29-year-old man and his 9-month-old daughter were also killed. Several people were injured in the accident.
According to US media reports, the bus carrying children belongs to a youth ranch for abused and neglected children. “This is the worst tragedy in my life,” said the director Oppose the ranch of the Associated Press, a news organization.
In Tuscaloosa, a fatal accident occurred in a fallen tree. A 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old son were killed when they were attacked by an uprooted tree.
Claudette’s current wind speed is close to 50 kilometers per hour. However, the intensity of the low pressure area is expected to increase tonight. Then it headed west through North Carolina to the Atlantic Ocean.