An apparent blowout was responsible for a accident on I-75 that resulted in the deaths of two and six with serious injures.
The accident happened around 9:30 a.m. when a 1994 Dodge RAM van,owned and operated by LARC, an organization that provides support for the developmentally disabled was traveling north on interstate 75, taking a group to summer camp at Camp Thunderbird in Apopka, when the left front tire of the van exploded.
The sudden tire blowout caused the driver, Johniece F. Diaz a 28 year old from Cape Coral to lose control of the vehicle. The van crossed two lanes of traffic on the north bound side and overturned coming to rest on the east side of the highway.
FHP has yet to release complete details but reported that two passengers from North Fort Myers were killed during the crash and six others including the driver were wounded.
Troopers stated those killed in the accident had been wearing their seat belts though the driver of the van was not.
Diaz the driver of the van was taken by first responders to Blake Medical Center for treatment, and police reported that another passenger, Jami Curran a 31 year old from Cape Coral was taken to Venice Regional Medical Center.
Full details including the names of the deceased have not yet been disclosed by the FHP.
A second van was also en route to the summer camp but the occupants were unaware of the fate of the other party.