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5 children killed in fiery Florida crash while heading to Disney World are identified
RESTRICTION SUMMARY: PART MUST CREDIT WFTV/NO ACCESS ORLANDO, PART MUST CREDIT KATC/NO ACCESS LAFAYETTE, ALL NO USE U.S. BROADCAST NETWORKS SHOTLIST: WFTV – MUST CREDIT WFTV, NO ACCESS ORLANDO, NO USE U.S. BROADCAST NETWORKS Near Gainesville, Florida - 4 January 2019 1. Aerial of interstate lane closures and debris from wreckage 2. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Patrick Riordan, Florida Highway Patrol: "We had a tractor trailer and a passenger car traveling north approaching the area of the 394 mile marker. Also we had a tractor trailer and a passenger van traveling south in the approximate same area. At some point, the tractor trailer and the passenger car that were traveling north collided and then subsequently went through the guardrail traveling into the southbound lanes. At some point, those vehicles struck a passenger van and the other semi truck. Once the semis struck they both caught on fire as well as the passenger car that was carried over from the northbound lane. What we've learned since the crash, we had a actually a fifth vehicle that came through and struck either some of the occupants that had been ejected or some of the debris that was on the roadway. What we know at this point is that we do have seven fatalities out of this incident. Five of them were children. I don't have their exact ages at this point. I can tell you they range from eight, nine and up to teenagers. We also have two adults that were killed. The two adults that were killed one of them was driving the tractor trailer north and the other one was a tractor driver driving south. We have approximately six to eight people that were taken to local hospitals and with varying injuries. I don't have a current status on you know exactly what those injuries are. I can tell you that it's a heartbreaking event. We have our command staff and our victim advocate that are going to be going to the hospital and meeting with some of the victims families." KATC – MUST CREDIT KATC, NO ACCESS LAFAYETTE, NO USE U.S. BROADCAST NETWORKS Marksville, Louisiana - 4 January 2019 3. Various of Avoyelles House of Mercy church, location of where the church van was traveling from STORYLINE: The church van packed with children was headed south - with just an hour to go before reaching Walt Disney World - when it got caught in a fiery pileup involving two 18-wheelers that killed seven people, including five of the youngsters. In Interstate 75's northbound lanes Thursday afternoon near Gainesville, another semi and a car smashed into each other, the Florida Highway Patrol says. The velocity and weight of that now out-of-control semi burst through the metal guardrail, taking the car with it. The two semis, the van, and the car slammed into each other, diesel fuel leaked and the mass erupted in a fireball. A fifth car, unable to avoid the chaos, sped through, possibly hitting victims ejected from the vehicles, the highway patrol said. Five of the children, ranging from about 8 to teenagers - from a Pentecostal church in Marksville, Louisiana - and the two truck drivers died. At least eight others were injured, some seriously. The accident occurred on a clear day along a straight, flat stretch of Interstate 75 outside Gainesville, the home of the University of Florida. It is a busy stretch of a highway that connects Florida to the rest of the South, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan.