Volunteer firefighter and 9-month-old daughter killed in horror 15-car pile-up

A 29-year-old volunteer fire chief and his 9-month-old daughter were tragically killed in a horrific 15-car pileup in Alabama, USA on Saturday 19 June.

Eight children from a local foster home for abused or neglected children also sadly died in the pileup, which happened about 35 miles south of Montgomery.

Cody Fox, 29, and his baby daughter Ariana were killed by the impact of the crash, according to the Butler County coroner, reports The New York Post.

Loved ones of the dedicated father and firefighter have described him as "upbeat" and someone who "always put his family first".

Cody's brother, Blake, had only loving words for him following his tragic loss.

“He was always ready to help anyone out. He always put his family first,” Fox’s brother, Blake, told the news station WDEF.

Aaron Sanders, who worked with Fox at the Marion County Emergency Management Agency, remembered him as a “great guy” and said he always doted on his daughter.

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“He just loved her to death and that was his life,” he said.

Marion County EMA also paid tribute to their late employee in a post shared to Facebook.

They wrote: “Cody was an integral part of the EMA (Emergency Management Agency) staff in Marion County, always ready, always willing to serve.

“His upbeat attitude, his willingness to learn, and without a doubt the politest young man I have ever known, will be greatly missed.”

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His fiancée, Hayle Anderson, was also in the car, but survived the crash.

She spent the weekend in intensive care, according to the South Pittsburg Mountain Volunteer Fire Department in Tennessee.

The county coroner said the vehicles on the wet road probably "hydroplaned", as Tropical Depression Claudette swept through the region.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it has launched an investigation into the crash along with the Alabama Highway Patrol.

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