8 Killed, 10 Hurt After Church Van Crashes in Southwest Florida - NBC 6 South Florida

8 Killed, 10 Hurt After Church Van Crashes in Southwest Florida



    911 Calls Released in Van Crash That Killed 8

    The 911 calls from a Florida church van crash that killed eight and injured 10 are released. (Published Monday, March 30, 2015)

    Eight people were killed and 10 injured when the van they were in crashed into a canal early Monday in southwest Florida, NBC affiliate WBBH reports.

    The Florida Highway Patrol said a preliminary investigation showed that a vehicle carrying 18 people and heading eastbound on SR-78 passed through a stop sign in the town of Moore Haven after midnight.

    The van then traveled across all lanes of US-27 and crashed into a steep, partially-filled water canal.

    The van is said to be from a church out of the Fort Pierce area, which is north of West Palm Beach, and was headed back after a weekend convention in Fort Meyers, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    8 Killed, 10 Hurt As Church Van Crashes in Florida

    [MI] 8 Killed, 10 Hurt As Church Van Crashes in Florida
    Memberes of a Fort Pierce church are mourning the members who were killed when their van crashed in southwest Florida.
    (Published Monday, March 30, 2015)

    According to NBC 6 South Florida teams on the scene, a smashed van was loaded onto the back of a flatbed truck at the crash site. That van belongs to the Independent Haitian Assembly of God, with a listed address of 1914 Orange Ave in Fort Pierce

    The driver of the van and seven passengers died. Ten other passengers were transported to local hospitals.

    The ten passengers were taken to four area hospitals, according to FHP.  One patient, a 4-year-old child, was in stable condition at a Fort Meyers hospital. At least two patients were classified as trauma alerts. The other passengers conditions range from serious to stable. The injury status of the other patients it not immediately known.


    One of the five patients taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Meyers has been released, according to the hospital's administrative supervisor. Two patients there were in critical condition and two others were in stable condition Monday morning, he said.

    Church Van Crash in SW Florida

    [MI] Church Van Crash in SW Florida
    A church van crashed in southwest Florida killing eight passengers and wounding 10 others. Julia Bagg reports from Moore Haven.
    (Published Monday, March 30, 2015)

    FHP says it was not foggy in the area of the crash scene in Glades County, west of Lake Okeechobee. The T-intersection is said to be surrounded by farmland.

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