Some days you just come to the Internet, hoping to see something that will cheer you up, but it ends up with another sad news.
According to Tragic Reports, the crash which was said to have occurred on Saturday claimed the lives of eight children aged between 4 to 17 from the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch. They weren’t the only lives claimed by the accident as a 29-year-old father and his 9-month-old daughter are reportedly dead as per Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock.
A crash on I-65 in Butler County Saturday killed 10 people, including nine children.— AL.com (@aldotcom) June 20, 2021
One of the vehicles involved was from a Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch. The driver of the Girls Ranch bus was pulled from the vehicle by a bystander.https://t.co/HbUWJELXG8 pic.twitter.com/7rYrISEiMG
Youth Ranches CEO Michael Smith told CNN, “We lost eight young people that can make a difference in our world, we lost eight young people that didn’t have a chance to have their children, welost eight young people that can’t break the cycle of where they’ve been and change it for their children. That’s a sad day.”
A Ranch is a safe place for neglected or abused school-aged children. The children were on their way back from a beach vacation before they were caught in the fire.
The Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch announced that one of their vehicles was involved in the accident and are requesting prayers. https://t.co/01SOhnJWcW— CBS 42 (@CBS_42) June 20, 2021
The Ranch director, Gulley was in the van and was pulled out unconscious from the van by a bystander. Candice Gulley’s children were also in the van but they didn’t make it out alive.
Smith said, “This is the worst tragedy I’ve been a part of in my life.”
“Words cannot explain what I saw,” He added.
Gully alongside her husband has been part of the Ranch for over 7 years and has helped in taking care of the children.
Gully told the Opelika-Auburn News in August 2019, “During those years, there have been 74 girls that have come through our house and called us mom and dad.” Before working as a Ranch Director, she was a relief parent and fundraised for the good of the community.
The accident occurred due to bad weather. The area was hit by the storm and according to lacey wills, a CNN producer who was in another vehicle said she felt the impact when her car was pushed to the guard rail.
She was in the car with her husband and daughter and was quick enough to get out of the car. On stepping out, they saw that others cars were starting to burn.
Lacey Said, “I’m barefoot, standing on I-65, walking, walking far enough away. I was just praying.”
May their souls rest in peace.