A preliminary investigation into a catastrophic accident suggests that a church van went through a stop sign at the US Highway 27 and State Road 78 intersection in Glades County.
The Florida Highway Patrol indicates that the accident occurred in the Moore Haven area at about 12:31 a.m. on Monday, March 30. The van was returning to Fort Pierce after passengers had attended Palm Sunday services in Fort Myers. The vehicle was eastbound on SR 78 and passed across all lanes of US 27 before descending into a partially filled canal. The preliminary investigation did not yield any possible reason for the driver running through the stop sign.
Injuries and Loss of Life
According to the spokesman, the driver and seven passengers did not survive the crash. The other passengers required transport to four area hospitals. Five patients went to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, and one was subsequently released. The medical condition of other injured passengers ranged from stable to critical.
WFLA news reported that a four-year-old child was in stable condition at a hospital in Fort Meyers. A FHP lieutenant stated there was no evidence of fog or other problematic weather conditions in the area at the time of the fatal wreck. Investigators are continuing their work.
Florida state law does address victim's rights when injury or loss of life occurs on the state's roadways. Sometimes, it is appropriate to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain, suffering, possible lost wages and long-term rehabilitation costs.
When you or a family member is a victim in a traffic accident, it is possible to review legal options with an injury attorney in Martin County. To learn more, please contact us.