Florida Highway Patrol Reported a van crash in Glades county with multiple fatalities and several injuries.
The accident happened when a large passenger van designed to carry up to sixteen people drove westbound on State Road 78. The van apparently ran a stop sign at the intersection of SR 78 and Highway 27. After running the stop sign the van barreled across four lanes of traffic on Highway 27, drove over the median, and crashed into a ditch filled with water finally coming to rest.
The van had been carrying eighteen passengers including one four year old at the time of the crash. The force of the crash resulted in eight people loosing their lives and ten other suffering injuries including the child.
The injured passengers were taken by first responders to four separate hospitals for treatment. Two of the injured were listed in critical condition.
Florida highway patrol has said an investigation is ongoing.