Monday, 15 April 2013

Florida van crash after tire separates, driver loses control: 1 dead, 18 hurt

Florida van crash after tire separates, driver loses control: 1 dead, 18 hurt, A Florida van crash that occurred “after a tire separated” and the driver lost control of the van on Florida’s Turnpike killed one woman and injured at least 18 others. According to a Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman, a 46-year-old woman from North Miami was ejected from the van and was pronounced dead on the scene, reported the Orlando Sentinel on April 14, 2013.

“One person was killed and at least 18 others were injured Saturday when a driver lost control of a van on Florida's Turnpike after a tire separated, the Florida Highway Patrol said.”

The Florida van carrying 19 or 20 people belonged to GSC Community Involvement Inc., a nonprofit youth-development group based in Miami. Members of the church group have told the police that the group’s headquarters was in Haiti and that the passengers in the van were church group members going on a mission trip to Orlando.

Around 7:10 p.m. on Saturday, the van was driving on the Florida Turnpike in Kenansville on the northbound side near Mile Marker 204 just outside of Orlando when the van’s tire separated and Willem Camille, the 42-year-old driver, lost control of the van. The van rolled several times and the 46-year-old woman from North Miami was ejected.

While the woman died at the scene, the driver of the Florida van was seriously injured. The driver and the other injured passengers “were taken to six hospitals, five by medical helicopter and the rest by ambulance.”

Following the Florida van crash, all lanes of traffic and the on ramp at Exit 193, State Road 60 were closed for nearly five hours. As of Sunday afternoon, the lanes and on ramp were opened again except the northbound lane of the Florida turnpike.

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