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Mar 30, 2015

12:42:31 GMT--Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: VI-20150330-47548-USA

Date / time: 30/03/2015 12:31:17 [UTC]

Event: Vehicle Accident

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Florida

Location: Moore Haven [US-27]

Number of Deads: 8 person(s)

Number of Injured: 10 person(s)

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Heavy


Eight people were killed and 10 injured when the van they were in crashed into a canal early Monday in Moore Haven. 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 after midnight. The van then traveled across all lanes of US-27 and crashed into a steep, partially water-filled canal. The van is affiliated with a church out of the Fort Pierce area and was headed home from a church event in Fort Myers, according to authorities. The name of the church has not been released. The driver of the van and seven passengers died. Ten other passengers were transported to local hospitals. Officials are not releasing the names of the victims, pending notification of next of kin. Two passengers are in stable condition; three passengers are in serious condition; two were transported as trauma alerts; and one 4-year old child is in stable condition. The condition of two other passengers is unknown.

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