Very sad news coming in form WESH 2 Orlando that 5 children on their way to Walt Disney World in a church van have died along with 2 truck drivers in a horrific crash on Interstate 75.
Florida Highway Patrol stated during a news conference on Friday morning the church passenger van carrying the children was from the Avoyelles Parish in Louisiana. The crash happened just outside north Gainsville at 3:40 p.m. Thursday.
Troopers state a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle traveling north, collided and went through the guardrail into the southbound lanes. They struck the passenger van and another tractor trailer. When the trucks collided they caught fire and the flames were fueled by about 50 gallons of diesel fuel. “Once those semis struck, they both caught fire,” Lt. Patrick Riordan said. He said a fifth vehicle came through and either struck people who had been ejected from the vehicle or debris. In addition to the seven dead, several others were taken to the hospital, some with critical injuries.
Our thought and prayers go out to all of those affected by this devastating accident.
Source: WESH 2 Orlando