9 Deaths Confirmed as Apparent Twister Hits Alabama High School

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) - State officials say at least nine people were killed when apparent tornadoes struck Alabama Thursday, including eight at Enterprise High School where students were trapped under a collapsed roof in a hallway.

State trooper spokesman John Reese in Selma said one died at Millers Ferry which is a rural site in Wilcox County where mobile homes were wrecked.

House Speaker Seth Hammett had announced earlier at the statehouse that state public safety officials told him five died at Millers Ferry.

Alabama Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Yasamie Richardson said the eight fatalities in Enterprise were related to the high school.

She said it wasn't clear whether it was all students or a mix of students and teachers.

More than 40 people were injured in Enterprise and rescue workers dug into rubble at the high school in search of students unable to get out.

Richardson said shelters were being opened at First Baptist Church and the Salvation Army in Enterprise.

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