A church van packed with children was headed to Port Salerno when it got caught in a fiery pileup involving two 18-wheelers. Seven people, including five of the youngsters, died in the crash.
Investigators and the Florida Highway Patrol tried to determine what triggered the accident, which happened outside Boynton Beach in clear weather on a straight, flat stretch of Interstate 95.
Two vehicles traveling north, a tract0r trailer and another car, smashed into each other and then burst through a metal guardrail, slamming into another tractor trailer and the southbound van carrying the children. Diesel fuel leaked, and the mass erupted into a fireball, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
A fifth car, which was unable to avoid the chaos, sped through and hit people who were thrown from the van, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Five of the children from a Pentecostal Church in Pennsylvania, and the two truck drivers died. At least nine others were injured, some seriously.
“It’s unbelievable. Everybody is in shock. We lost five of our children,” a church member said. “We had our Last Supper Sunday, and the pastor said to live our lives like each day is the last day.”
Church officials did not immediately respond to phone calls.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in fatalities. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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