A church van transporting a total of 15 passengers rolled over in Lee County recently, ejecting several individuals and killing one man. According to a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman, the accident occurred near Corkscrew Road on Interstate 75 at approximately 7:30 a.m.
The van passengers ranged from ages 2 to 62, and were composed of four males and 11 females. The man who died in the crash was 20 years old.
Two helicopters and about ten ambulances were immediately called to bring the injured victims to Lee Memorial, Tampa General and Gulf Coast hospitals nearby. While eight of the victims sustained minor injuries, three are said to be in serious condition and four more individuals are believed to be in critical condition.
Officials state that the van swerved onto the emergency lane due to a left rear tire tread that separated from the tire. Although the driver tried to regain control of the vehicle, the van banked and eventually rolled over and came to a stop on its roof.
It has not yet been determined whether any of the 15 passengers were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
The van, which belongs to a Lauderhill Seventh-day Adventist Church, was one of three vehicles in a caravan headed to Tampa. The other two vans were not involved in the accident.
Individuals who are involved in a motor vehicle crash may have claims for personal injuries. A qualified Florida auto accident lawyer can provide important assistance.