An overloaded church van ran through a stop sign, crossed all four lanes of a dark rural highway and nosedived into a canal, critically injuring three people and leaving 2 others with minor injuries in southwest Florida, FHP authorities said.
The van was heading back to a church in Martin County 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 embankment and landed in the shallow water of the canal, which is lined with tall grass and weeds.
The crash critically injured the male driver and two other passengers, one male, and one female, FHP said. Their names were not released pending notification of their families.
The Florida Highway Patrol said 2 other passengers taken to the hospital for minor injuries. Among them was a 3-year-old child who was not in a car seat and is said to be in serious condition.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in injuries. 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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