An overloaded church van ran through a stop sign, crossed all four lanes of a dark rural highway and nosedived into a canal, killing six people and injuring 8 in southwest Florida, FHP authorities said.
The van was heading back to a church in Martin County, north of West Palm Beach on the Atlantic coast, after a weekend convention in Boynton Beach, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Fourteen people were in the 15-seat-capacity van when it crashed, according to the Highway Patrol.
The van had gone down an 8-to-10 foot embankment and landed in shallow water of the canal, which is lined with tall grass and weeds.
The crash killed the male driver and six passengers, two male and four female, FHP said. Their names were not released pending notification of their families.
The Florida Highway Patrol identified 8 other passengers taken to four hospitals. Among them was a 5-year-old child, who was not in a car seat. FHP said, the child is in serious condition. Seven other adults were in critical condition.
All the people in the van were from Jensen Beach.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. 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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