Two people were killed and several children were transported to the hospital with injuries after a church van from New Port Richey crashed in northern Florida Friday morning.
The First Baptist Church of New Port Richey van was apparently headed northbound on I-75 near the U.S. 90 exit when it blew a tire.
The 52-year-old driver lost control of the van causing it to overturn. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, several people were ejected from the van.
Several other children and one adult suffered minor injuries.
The pastor of the church released the following statement:
“The family and staff at First Baptist Church of New Port Richey is sad to report the loss of two of our dearly loved members in a traffic crash this morning. A group of our teens were traveling to Georgia for a youth retreat when one of the vehicles left the roadway and crashed. We are still praying for the recovery of a few of the teens who were also injured in the crash and are being treated in hospitals in north Florida. We ask that you respect the privacy of the family involved and continue to pray for healing.”
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