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NTSB investigating crash that killed 10 in Alabama as storms lash Southeast

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Sunday that it's investigating a fiery multi-vehicle weekend crash in Alabama that killed 10 people, including nine children, as storms swept the Southeast.

The big picture: Saturday's crash on Interstate 65, south of Montgomery, occurred amid a tropical depression that left 13 people dead in Alabama as it triggered flash floods and spawned tornadoes that razed "dozens of homes," per AP.

  • The National Hurricane Center reported Sunday morning that southeast Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and the western Florida panhandle saw rainfall up to 10 inches with isolated 15-inch amounts.
  • The National Weather Service issued flash flood watches and tropical storm warnings for much of Georgia and the Carolinas Sunday night.

What we know: Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock told the Washington Post investigators believe a vehicle hydroplaned on "waterlogged roads" at a bridge on Interstate 65, causing a "chain reaction."

  • Police said seven vehicles caught fire in the ensuing pile-up and that a van operated by Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch carrying children aged 4 to 17 crashed, resulting in the deaths of eight kids.
  • A man and his baby died in another vehicle during the crash.

NTSB 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.

— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) June 20, 2021

What to watch: "Claudette is expected to slowly strengthen over the Carolinas as it approaches the Mid-Atlantic Coast from the west," the NWS said in a statement Sunday.

  • "Tropical Storm conditions are expected to develop along the coastal regions of the Carolinas before the storms moves into the Atlantic. Severe storms are possible across the Northeast U.S. Monday."

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