Tragic Bus Crash in Florida Eight Dead, Eight Critically Injured

Tragic Bus Crash in Florida: Eight Dead, Eight Critically Injured

Severe bus crash in Florida leaves 8 dead and 8 critically injured. The tragic accident involved farm workers, prompting an ongoing investigation.

In a devastating accident early Tuesday morning, a severe bus crash in Florida claimed the lives of eight people and left another eight critically injured. 

The incident occurred in north-central Florida, involving a bus transporting farm workers and a truck.

Accident Details

The crash occurred at 6:35 a.m. on State Road 40, about 45 miles south of Gainesville. 

A 2010 International Bus and a 2001 Ford Ranger truck sideswiped each other, causing the bus to veer off the road, break through a fence, and overturn, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).

Casualties and Injuries

Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) confirmed the tragic loss of eight lives.

Additionally, 37 individuals were hospitalized, with eight in critical condition.

In total, 53 people were affected by the crash.

Medical Response

AdventHealth Ocala is treating 16 patients, with 12 in the main emergency department and four at AdventHealth Timber Ridge ER. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rodrigo Torres provided this update. Some victims were also transported to HCA Florida Ocala Hospital.

Investigation and Cause

The Florida Highway Patrol is currently investigating the cause of the collision.

At this stage, it remains unclear what led to the initial impact between the two vehicles.

Impact on Community

The farm workers were en route to Cannon Farms in Dunnellon. 

In response to the tragedy, Cannon Farms announced it would be closed out of respect for the victims. 

They released a statement asking the community to “pray for the families and loved ones involved in this tragic accident.” They expressed their appreciation for the public’s understanding during this difficult time.

Support and Assistance

NBC News contacted both Cannon Farms and Olvera Trucking for further comments. 

Marion County Public Schools confirmed that one of their school buses was not involved in the crash but did assist in transporting victims to the hospital.

State Road 40 remains shut down in both directions as the investigation continues.

This horrific accident underscores the fragility of life and the need for community support in times of tragedy. 

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this challenging period.

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