Highway Patrol: 8 dead, 10 injured when Florida van crashes

MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol says eight people died and 10 others were injured when a church van from Fort Pierce ran through a stop sign, crossed all lanes of U.S. 27 and landed in a canal in rural southwest Florida.

The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. Monday in Glades County at an intersection. Glades County is east of Lake Okeechobee.

Lt. Gregory S. Bueno says there were 18 people on the van. The driver and seven passengers are confirmed dead.

Bueno says the 10 other passengers were taken to four hospitals. A 4-year-old child is in stable condition at a Fort Myers hospital. At least two patients were classified as trauma alerts. The injury status of two others wasn’t immediately known. The conditions of the other passengers ranged from serious to stable.

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