Eight Die, 10 Are Injured in Florida Church Bus Crash
Every day we help people who have been injured in car crashes on the roads of Virginia or North Carolina.
Most of the accidents involve injuries but occasionally an accident on the roads will entail a major loss of life. A case in point is the tragedy of the overloaded church van that was transporting members of the Independent Haitian Assembly of God from Fort Pierce in Florida.
CNN reported on how eight people lost their lives when a van with 18 people inside ran a stop sign, crossed a four-lane highway and ended up in a shallow water-filled ditch. As well as the eight people that died, 10 others were injured, some of them seriously.
Police are still investigating the cause of this tragic accident. They say the van was traveling east on State Road 78 when it appears to have ran a stop sign at U.S. Highway 27 early Monday. It then crossed all four lanes of U.S. 27 and ended up in a ditch that was partially filled with water.
There were no witnesses to the accident on the rural stretch of roadway that’s usually frequented by commercial traffic, Lt. Greg Bueno of Florida Highway Patrol said. One of the passengers flagged down a passing vehicle, whose driver then alerted police.
Emergency workers had to remove the seats of the van to remove passengers, Bueno said. Among a number of things investigators are seeking answers to is the capacity of the van. It appeared to be rated for 16 passengers, Bueno said.
Of the passengers, all were adults except for the 4-year-old, who was said to be in a stable condition at a hospital, Bueno said. Two of the adult passengers were in critical condition, he said.
Many questions linger over this tragedy and it’s not clear why the van driver went through a stop sign. One passenger, who survived the crash, said he seemed to miss a curve in the road.
I also wonder if fatigue was a factor in this accident, given the fact it look place in the early hours of the morning. As Virginia car and truck accident lawyers, we see many accidents that are caused by fatigue, particularly when it comes to bus drivers and truck drivers.
The family of a passenger who is killed in an accident like this has grounds to file a lawsuit against the driver’s insurance policy or even the owners of a van. If you have lost a loved one, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com