5 kids, 2 adults killed in fiery crash

Cheryl Sanders
January 5, 2019

The multi-vehicle crash happened on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, according to authorities.

Five children traveling from Louisiana, along with the drivers in two semis, were killed in a Thursday afternoon accident at mile marker 394 on Interstate 75 just north of Gainesville, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

One of the big rig trucks collided with a passenger vehicle in the northbound lanes of I-75 and they slid across the separating guardrail and into the path of another large truck and the church van. The trucks burst into flames.

The church van was headed to Disney World in Florida.

We are deeply saddened by the news of the awful accident that a church youth group from our parish was involved in.

In the same Facebook post, Cox said that the Descants' granddaughter was among those killed.

"There's no doubt in my mind they're going to be able to determine what transpired". His wife was seriously injured in the crash.

The four surviving children were aged between nine and 14. "We are a small community with 6,500 people in town".

The five children who perished in the crash were identified as Cierra Bordelan, 9; Briena Descant, 10; Cara Descant, 13; Joel Cloud and Jeremiah Warren, both 14.

Meanwhile, the Florida Highway Patrol is now investigating the cause of Thursday's crash, which has been classified as a traffic homicide.

Video from the scene showed bodies and debris strewn across the roadway as thick smoke billowed from the burning wreck.

"We kept seeing these little explosions and fire", she said. 'The heat, it was insane'.

The collision on a United States highway yesterday saw a large rig spill 50 gallons of diesel across the carriageway - sparking a massive fire. Authorities opened the northbound lanes around 8 p.m. but southbound lanes remained closed Friday morning. Pat Riordan, left, along with Troy Roberts, the spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation, updates members the media during a press conference, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Gainesville, Fla., about a fiery highway crash the day before that killed at least seven people. A law enforcement helicopter was sent aloft to try to see if any of the injured were in the woods along the crash scene.

"It's unbelievable. Everybody is in shock", Maxine Doughty, a member of the Marksville congregation, told the Star-Banner.

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