Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

5 kids, 2 adults killed in fiery crash

5 kids, 2 adults killed in fiery crash

It involves two semitrailer trucks, a passenger van and a midsize van.

On Friday, Florida Highway Patrol identified them as Joel Cloud, 14, Jeremiah Warren, 14, Cara Descant, 13, Brieana Descant, 10 and Cierra Bordelan, 9, according to WCJB, an ABC TV affiliate in Gainesville.

John Lemoine, mayor of Marksville, La., the town where the church is located, expressed dismay about the tragedy.

The truck drivers were Douglas Bolkema, 49, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Steve Holland, 59, of West Palm Beach, Fla. After the collision, both vehicles broke through the guardrail in the median and went into the southbound lanes.

Holland was heading north on Interstate 75 near Gainesville when he veered into another auto, lost control and went through the centre divider, striking the church van the five children were in and another truck.

'We kept seeing these little explosions and fire, ' she said.

The children were riding in van belonging to a Pentecostal church in Marksville, Louisiana.

While this was happening, traffic was backed up for several miles in both directions.

The pregnant woman survived and delivered her baby Thursday night, Cox said in a statement Friday.

The Louisiana district office for the United Pentecostal Church said on Facebook that Karen Descant, wife of Pastor Descant, suffered multiple injuries.

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Vinnie DeVita said he was driving south and narrowly escaped the crash - he saw it in the rearview mirror, immediately behind him, according to a report by Orlando television station WKMG.

"She is pretty banged up", Eric Descant is quoted as saying in the Facebook post.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash involved two tractor trailers, a sedan and a passenger van.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a large amount of personal property, burnt vehicles and vehicle parts scattered across the road.

Five passengers in the Chevrolet van were killed, six are listed in serious condition, and one is listed as critical.

"It's a heartbreaking event", FHP Lt. Patrick Riordan told reporters near the crash scene in Alachua County, Florida.

Riordan said troopers worked hard to complete next-of-kin notifications.

The north and southbound lanes were completely closed until 8 p.m.

The authorities are treating the crash as a homicide investigation, though it remains unclear the reasons why.

The crash was reported Thursday afternoon on Interstate 75 southbound near Gainesville.

A law enforcement helicopter was sent aloft to try to see if any of the injured were in the woods along the crash scene.

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