Seven Killed In Florida Accident Involving School Bus

Seven people have been killed in Florida after an accident involving a school bus, semi-truck, and a van. The van caught fire killing all seven inside:

Tampa Bays 10—Eight patients have been transported to Shands HealthCare hospitals as a result of a bus accident that took place earlier this afternoon in Union County. Seven of the eight patients are children ranging in ages from five to 16. …

It doesn’t look like any kids died in the accident, but Shands says that two are in critical condition and three are in serious condition.

This accident reminds me of a tragic accident I saw on I-10 in El Paso. A pickup truck cut off a tractor-trailer causing it to wedge a little car against a concrete divider. The truck’s fuel tank ruptured causing a fire that killed the lady trapped inside the car. People tried to get her out, but they just couldn’t …

My heart goes out to the families of all involved. Our prayers are with you. God bless you.

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Excellent coverage: WTLV: Seven Dead In Union County Crash



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Update (1/25/2006 7:39pm):

FOX News is reporting that the seven killed were kids and they were in a car, not a van.

Update (1/25/2006 7:53pm):

This story gets more tragic by the moment. FHP says the seven in the car ranged in age from 15 years to 21 month old. No adult driver apparently. FHP said the seven lived only about a mile away.

Source: News4Jax

Update (1/26/2006 2:00pm):

I won’t lie to you, I have tears in my eyes as I’m writing this now.

Killed in the crash were:

  • Nicki Mann, 15-year-old driver
  • Elizabeth Mann, 15
  • Johnny Mann, 13
  • Heaven Mann, 3
  • Ashley Kenn, 13
  • Miranda Finn, either 8- or 9-years-old
  • Anthony Lamb, almost 2 years old

The childrens grandfather died of heart attack yesterday after learning of their deaths.

Source: FirstCoastNews

Update (1/26/2006 2:15pm):

The Gainesville Sun has a good story about the tragedy. The identities of the kids are different though:

  • Cynthia Nicole Mann, 15
  • Elizabeth Mann, 15
  • Johnny Mann, 13
  • Heaven Mann, 3
  • Anthony Lamb, 21 months
  • Ashley Keen, 15
  • Miranda Scott, 10

Source: The Gainesville Sun

Update (1/26/2006 10:26pm):

Shocking revelations about the driver of the tractor-trailer rig tonight from the Gainesville Sun:

Read the story [ click here ].

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