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Church Van Crash On Florida Highway Leaves 8 People Dead, 10 Injured

The van from the Independent Haitian Assembly Of God in Fort Pierce ran a stop sign, crossed all lanes of U.S. Route 27, and landed in a ditch partly filled with water.

Posted on March 30, 2015, at 1:29 p.m. ET

A church van careened across a highway in Florida on Monday and slammed into a ditch, killing eight people and injuring 10 others.

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A report on the incident from the Florida Highway Patrol said that the van from the Independent Haitian Assembly Of God in Fort Pierce ran a stop sign, crossed all lanes of U.S. Route 27, and landed in a ditch filled partly with water.

The driver and seven other people – five men and three women – were killed. The ten other occupants of the vehicle were injured, including a 4-year-old-girl.

Their injuries ranged from mild to critical condition, according to authorities.

The church group was returning from a convention in Fort Meyers, the News-Press reported.

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Members began gathering at the church as word of the crash spread, the newspaper reported.

One man said that his father-in-law and cousin were passengers in the van, and he had to help identify some of the bodies.

"I was there trying to be a man," Phillipe Dorce told the News-Press. "But at the same time, I'm crying too."

The Florida Highway Patrol said the crash is under investigation.

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