Major accident involving a bus in Florida: 8 people were killed, more than 50 were injured - ForumDaily
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Major bus accident in Florida: 8 people killed, more than 50 injured

On May 14, a crash on SR-40 in Ocala, Florida, involving a bus killed eight people and sent dozens to the hospital, reports Wesh.

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Fifty-three people were reported injured in the massive disaster, some of them in serious condition.

“The death toll will likely exceed eight,” Lt. Patrick Riordan of the Florida Highway Patrol said during a news conference.

What happened

The 2010 International bus was transporting farm workers to Cannon Farms in Dunnellon.

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The crash occurred at 6:37 a.m. on SR-40 west of SW 148 Ct.

For unknown reasons, the bus and a Ford Ranger SUV somehow collided. After this, the bus flew off the road, knocked down a fence, crashed into a tree, and then overturned.


It is reported that the SUV crossed the median line in the center of the road and collided with the bus.

“This will be a very long and thorough investigation. It will probably be about six months before we can come to a conclusion about what happened here today,” Riordan said.

The driver of the SUV, Brian McLean Howard, was arrested. He faces eight counts of intoxication manslaughter.

This isn't the first time Howard has broken the law. He was arrested in 2013 for theft of property and driving with a suspended license, in 2018 for driving with a suspended license, and in 2019 he was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident.
The victims of the accident were migrant agricultural workers, which is very typical for the region at this time of year. The county sheriff rejected questions about their legal status.

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“These are hardworking people. There is absolutely nothing wrong with them being here,” said Marion Sheriff Billy Woods.

Cannon Farms posted on social media that they will be closed today.

“Please pray with us for the families and loved ones affected by this tragic accident,” the farmers finally asked.

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